What a fabulous idea! Of course I agreed. It sounds like fun. And even better, she told me I can do it however I like. Yay!
I did a number of sketches to work out the composition, but there was a problem: a good composition requires one main focal point. Four focal points won't work.
Now I raised three children and I know that you cannot single out just one to be the center of attention in a case like this. So, I needed to come up with something other than the flowers to be the focal point and then paint the flowers around it. I decided to make a garden scene with a fountain. And the fountain will have figurines of four children on it: two boys and two girls. Good? Say yes.
Here is the drawing on watercolor paper - I labeled it so you can see better where things are.
Now to get started painting. As I almost always do, I begin the painting with the background:
OK, what to do next? I jump to the foreground by painting the roses. This is not only because I want to paint roses first, but also because the roses will give me a good feel for how the rest of the painting should go.
Next I paint the Shea tree on the right. It will help me get a feel for the balance of this piece. Here's the first wash:
Adding more color, values and details, we now have this:
Now for the Dahlias:
Dahlias come in many bright colors and pretty markings. This one is magenta with white edges.
Below is the painting so far - lots of pretty color! Notice how the background flowers now seem muted and distant compared to the foreground.
That's it for now. When I come back to this, I'll work on the Sweet William flowers in the foreground and the fountain and patio. See you then!
Click here to see Part 2 - painting Sweet William flowers.
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