Art of the Week: Red Iris

Vivian Ripley
Central Ohio Branch
“Red Iris”



Vivian Ripley developed her unique “water method” using a large flat damp watercolor brush to move the pastel in a free manner to form the basis and much of the painting. Details are added to end the work. This method must be done on one of many pastel papers that will accept liquid treatment. Ripley finds continued interest in the many possibilities with pastel of which she says, “it is endless!”


“Red Iris,” created using Ripley’s “water method,” recently took best of show at an exhibit at the McConnell Arts Center In Columbus, Ohio. Her special watercolor technique is spotlighted in a chapter in “The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists”. Her paintings are in collections in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, France, and Japan.



  1. Breathtaking!!

  2. A beautiful painting.

  3. Really gorgeous, and conveys intense feeling!

  4. Dorothy Kamm says:

    Lovely! I’m fascinated by your approach to “painting” with pastels.

  5. Sara Etgen-Baker says:

    such patience in technique, such beauty in outcome…such creativity. Beautiful

  6. Beautiful!!