A few weeks ago I took a picture of a red hibiscus flower on the short walk from the driveway to our front door. I always do that – take pictures of something that strikes my eye. Usually a brilliant color or subtle design attracts my attention. That day, I had an additional unexpected pleasure: lens flare. Most of the time, lens flare (the bouncing around of light within the camera lens, creating auras on the focal plane) is annoying. This time, it also added an essential element of design to the composition.
My wife, Joy loves rainbows. I tried to capture the essence of this photo in watercolor.
I knew that it would be impossible to paint any kind of color over a black background in the watercolor medium, so I blocked out the places for the rays, with latex resist. I also modified the…
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