Female nudes are essential in fantasy art, but since I struggle with them then and now, I decided to see how one would mix with one of my favorite two-colored purple irises. A "Deva" is a spirit attached to a living thing. In popular Asian belief everything that's alive has a little living spirit that animates it. Trees, plants, and even individual flowers can have devas. Devas look like pretty girl fairies, but without the wings.
I used an old life drawing as model here. I like the pose but my model was kind of tall and athletic and she seems a bit muscular for the part of flower fairy. I present it anyway as part of my fantasy flower series.
"Iris Deva" is watercolor on Fabriano paper, 8" x 10", June 1990.