I had some late summer sunflowers that were falling off of their stalks in my garden, so I clipped them and turned it into a painting opportunity out on my deck. I loved the vase with the bubbles...I had a bit of trouble painting that, but I am happy with the result.
It was so funny because I wanted to paint the whole vase of flowers one day, but I was all out of paper! So, I painted half the vase on a smaller piece that I had lying around. It came out great! (not to sound humble or anything)
I will eventually paint the whole vase once I get my Christmas work out of the way for orders.
Anyhow, yes, here's some pics of the process. I think I've gotten it down to a science, FINALLY....yellow on yellow can be a bit tricky, at least for me.
Start out with your lightest yellows and build from there.
I slowly kept building up the yellow and shadows on the petals. I did mask the veins of the sunflower leaves. Watch your spots of sunshine and paint around them. You can always soften the edges at the end.
I had painted a coreopsis picture a while back where I masked the entire flower and painted the background easily and quickly, but I kind of like getting lost in the slower process of negative painting.
So, at the very end, I spent time softening the edges of the petals and softening the bokeh effect with clean water and a brush. This can be time consuming, but it really makes a painting look finished and kind of gives the flowers a glow.
Happy Painting! :)