So, if you're newer to watercolors, you've mastered some simpler techniques and you want to take your florals to the next level. You want depth, light, something that will challenge you a bit more.
Look no more! (I sound like a car salesman!)
Find a flower pic or take a flower pic that has nice sun and shadow in it. Blow it up or crop it to the square size that you like and start! Or, you can work from real life...which is what we are all SUPPOSED to be doing, but we don't. (naughty!)
I masked some of the edges of the flowers where the sun was shining the brightest.
For the first wash, I like to wet the whole page and get my first soft wash of colors on.
Then, I painted petal by petal, wetting one whole petal and adding color. You kind of have to jump around at this point to let each petal dry before you start on the petal next to it. Use a hair dryer if you're as impatient as I am.
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Ok, back to the flower. So, after the first wash, I dried it and then I masked all the little light thin shapes in the center so that I wouldn't have to paint around them.
I was really happy with the first few washes and then once I added that shadow on the left petal, I had problems....but I feel like I rescued it (kind of!) and it wasn't a total loss. I was sweating there for a bit, though. By the third photo, you'll see what I mean. BUT, it's a good lesson on keeping washes lighter so that those "uh-oh" moments are fewer and farther between...lol
I don't know why I kill myself with complicated yellow flowers. Maybe I like the challenge...
This is an odd painting, actually,....the shapes work from far away, but when you get close up, they are just shapes. I'm not quite sure how that happened. Oh well!
Happy Painting, my friends!