Bougainvillea – Bold and Subtle in Watercolor

Last summer I shared a couple of captures I took of our Bougainvillea blooms from our backyard. It took me until November to take those shots and create watercolor art prints of them. I also took them into two different directions, dark & bold and light & subtle. The original shots were taken to highlight the back lighting of the “colored bracts” surrounding the actual flower. That’s the technical and actual description, but most of us see the bracts as petals creating the bloom. The actual flower is a very small insignificant light colored center piece in the center of the bracts. Ok, so much for our botanical class lesson and let’s move on to what I did with them.

I wanted to present the look in a watercolor format as that lends itself to a soft warm presentation. What also caught me eye was the subtle difference in lighting and color saturation between the two. I decided to accent those differences which resulted in the attached art prints! I think the name I gave each says it all in what I saw as differences between the two.

Bougainvillea Dark And Bold
Bougainvillea Light And Subtle


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36 thoughts on “Bougainvillea – Bold and Subtle in Watercolor

  1. Darlene

    Bougainvillea grows rampant here. It is very pretty but can get annoying when it takes over. Your watercolours are lovely and show how delicate the plant is.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      They are everywhere here also…ours is a very mature one and requires almost constant trimming. That said it does add a great splash of color to our backyard. I appreciate your feedback on the art prints very much!! Have a great week!!

  2. Teagan Riordain Geneviene

    A beautiful way to cap-off my Tuesday, Kirt. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite. I like both for different reasons. I suppose I like the second one best because I can see the individual flowers. LOL, but seeing that close lovely cluster is what I like about the first one. I’m no help at all. πŸ˜€ Hugs on the wing.

  3. Sue Dreamwalker

    Lovely creation Kirt. I am fascinated with digital art but have never tried it myself… I have created three paintings in Acrylics over the holidays.. May share some of them soon on my blog.. πŸ™‚ Beautiful colours…

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Sue…I got into digital art many many years ago when it first came out. I come from an artistic family but couldn’t paint to save my soul. I was able to create my visual images digitally though. I enjoy it and have fun with it!! Thanks for stopping by!! Stay well!!

  4. Nancy

    Happy New Year Kirt! Beautiful pictures!
    Bougainvillea always gives us that color we long for here in the desert… but I need to trim it often!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      They need trimmed it seems constantly! I did our large one a couple months ago and it’s in need of another trim!! They do grow like weeds, but add bright color!! Thanks for stopping by!! Stay well!!

  5. D. Wallace Peach

    Such pretty plants. My favorite photo is the second, Kirt, Light and Subtle. I tend to prefer the asymmetrical design and subtler fade, if that makes sense. Both are beautiful. πŸ™‚


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