Tonight I finally got brave enough to try painting flowers, but first I watched a couple more video demonstrations. My finished product is a copy of one of those demonstrations, but it doesn’t look anything like the one in the demo. For one thing, I don’t have the selection of colors that she had. For another thing, I don’t have her experience. But considering the limitations of my palette and experience, I’m not ashamed to own it.
To accomplish this one, I first sketched in the flowers with a soft (6B) pencil. Then I wetted down the paper around the flowers and added the background color by first putting the color on my brush. I would paint in a spot close to the outline of the drawing, then rewet my brush and draw the color away from the drawing. I used purple and two shades of blue for the background. I also incorporated the splatter technique, but I’m afraid I went a little overboard with it. Next time I’ll tone it down a little.
To color the flowers, I used yellow, orange, and a hint of brown. The stamen, stems, and leaf have two shades of green and a hint of yellow. To start with, I first colored directly onto the dry paper, then applied water to blend and soften the colors. Then I added more color by applying the color directly to the brush first and then adding it to the paper. This is how I added the veins to the petals, and the brown shading as well. I should have used a small flat brush, like the woman in the video. Instead, I used a small round brush, which didn’t hold enough water. I found myself having to reload water constantly.