The bold vermilion red and cobalt blue of the flowers in this small still life stand out from a sombre grey background mixed with subtle pink and green hues. One can see that the piece was created quickly in smooth strokes and daubs of paint, with an effort to preserve the white of the paper in the background. It is this white halo around the red and blue flowers which gives the painting a brightness and glow in contrast to a predominantly dark atmosphere. The flowers' round shapes, each varying slightly, are repeated across the picture in a harmonious formation.
The Artist is known for colourful still life paintings and stylised, yet expressive, landscapes. Red, green and purple feature heavily in his work, as well as a fondness for using wet paper for a watery effect.
Archie Sutter Watt (1915-2005) studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Glasgow School of Art after serving in WWII. He settled down in Kirgunzeon, Dumfries and Galloway to teach and remained a well-loved fixture in the local community and continued to produce work up until his death. In 1966 he became a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.
With thanks to the Archie Sutter Watt Trust for artist information.