Painting Demonstration 1
I start with a quick, loose wash of azo yellow, since it's the palest color and the color of the central subject.
Painting Demonstration 2
I start dashing in quinacridone reds. The alstroemeria is a background flower in this sketch. I don't want too much detail in it. The red is mostly to make the yellow lilies pop.
Painting Demonstration 3
A few strong darks start to show the shapes of the lilies. They didn't really show up until I added the darks.
Negative painting is a necessity with pale flowers, even if you plan on using gouache.
Artist's TipsPaint very loosely until the very last details.
Painting Demonstration 4
A few more darks using Van Dyke Brown, cobalt teal and quinacridone rust. Now it's starting to really take shape!
Painting Demonstration 5
I loosen everything up with lots of splatter, both paint and water. This is a quick, unpolished sketch. It should look like that.
Notice the directions of the dark stem lines. Are they directing attention where you want it to go?
Painting Demonstration 6
Really strong, juicy darks here. I'm still leaving whites in the most saturated dark space, though.
Painting Demonstration 7
I add some opaque cadmium yellow on top of my transparent azo yellows. This gives it a bolder, more solid feel.