The weather today in St. Paul was mild and sunny; perfect for spending hours in the studio painting. The flowers that provided the subject for this watercolor were left by a guest earlier in the week.
The composition was boring looking at the flowers straight-on, but became more interesting from a lower vantage-point. So, I plopped myself and all my supplies down on the floor, and started to sketch.
Then it was time to start on the watercolor.
I plotted out the composition in pencil again, then laid in a yellow wash for the background. Once that dried, the punchier colors could be added.
At this stage, the colors are bright, but flat and artificial-looking. It is time to deepen the shadows, and bring some balance to the colors.
I added some earthier tones to the stalk and the lower bloom. I laid in some dark violet in the deepest recesses of the front two flowers. Finally, I added details to the petals and background. Time to sign it and treat myself to a congratulatory coffee.
[Note: I accidentally reduced the resolution on my digital camera, so the pics in this post are small and grainy. I’ll try to re-snap these soon.]