So I got out a 5x7 inch piece of watercolor paper and started splashing paint around. You can see the splashing and the final results below:
(I didn't even bother to do a practice sketch as I usually do), I wet the background and plopped in two colors of blue and yellow. That's raw sienna yellow you see to the left along with Winsor blue and French ultramarine blue.
Painting wet-into-wet is one of the most fun things about watercolor. You don't have to worry much about where the colors will go because they decide that for themselves! When the paper is wet, the blue and yellow run together forming various shades of green.
Now I do the same with the shadow areas of the flowers, using blues, reds and a tiny bit of yellow. See how the colors are blending together?
Adding some deep red to the center and colors for the stamen makes the flower begin to look like something!
Leaves and buds are painted with brighter yellow and blue than the background to make them stand out:
With white flowers, I usually like to make a good part of the background dark. It really helps to pop the flowers. So I paint some darker blues over the background in places.
Below is the finished painting. You can click the image to see it a bit larger:
Now that was a fun painting to do!
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