Schinus, Campsis, Pyracantha

Schinus molle, Campsis radicans, Pyracantha coccinea

Peppercorn tree, Trumpet vine, Firethorn

2016


29.7cm x 42cm

Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico extra white cotton rag 300gsm


£2600


These pendulous flowers were composed to set off the characteristics of one another.  The specimens were collected from the garden of HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan.

The greens are markedly different in these three species, with the Pyracatha shiny and intense, the Campsis soft and mid-green, and the Schumis olive-blue and dry.  The Campsis branch is at the end stage of flowering, showing the nodules from which previous bunches of flowers have bloomed and died.  

The Pyracantha is worthy of close inspection as a shrub, with its spiky stems and beautiful berries.  

This one is more orange in tone than red - the orange toning is more common in Jordan. While the base shrub grows upright, the branch often draft downwards, particularly once they have the full weight of berries.  This made it a perfect partner for a pendulous composition.

For more on Heidi's technique, including the shadow underpainting you can see in the photograph on the right, below, click here.