So I thought I would document some of the stages of the painting process of this piece. I started with a photo of a bouquet I had made for church, then cropped to find what I wanted / thought would make a good painting. Once I decided on composition then I lightly sketched it onto 300 lb watercolor paper, then put in a faint Winsor blue wash for the background greens. Then started with light washes of grays – and oh there are so many grays that you can make – and so easy to get wrong! Here are some pics of the painting as it progresses from start to finish. And many undocumented steps in between
It is so challenging trying to get the yellows right! But, know I need to get the flowers close to being finished before I start layering in the greens. Right now reminds me of some sort of wallpaper, or lovely fabric.
Okay finally started with getting in the greens and some darks, but flowers still need so many more glazes to make them pop – and you do have to let your paper totally dry between each layer, other wise turns to mud. And here is the finished piece (finally!) : With the darks added, I ended up blotting up some of the lighter areas while still wet to get the depth in the background, then kept adding more gray in the white daffodil leaves and a wash of gray over some of the white whites. Finished after I added a wash of green in center daffodil’s shadow on white leaf, and purple to lower right daffodil’s shadow in tube.
I have enjoyed painting my past two daffodil paintings in pure traditional watercolor fashion, but am already missing painting more intuitively and freely. Yet feel that I should pursue in this vein to really learn more about color and layering. It has been a lesson in perseverance.
And one final note of gratitude, am finally using 2 Kolinsky (hair) brushes that my husband gave to me over 15 years ago (not cheap). What workhorses they are – hold a ton of water/color and can go to the tiniest point when needed. Ah the joy of having the right tools to do the job! So glad that I never dipped them into my acrylics and ruin them.