In the spring I like to paint the wild flowers since they are so colorful and my favorite painting theme.
I started off with a grid and a light drawing, then I started putting in the poppies.
Since I’m painting from life, I put in the poppies first before they wilt.
The next step I take is painting all over the paper since all the shapes and colors influence each other.
Then I start putting in other flowers, not forgetting about the equally important background which includes the glass pickle jar.
Here I am almost finished. Just putting in the finishing touches. Not too many.
The watercolor is almost finished here. I paint what I see and leave a lot of the white of the paper.
Here it is finished. Poppies and Daisies in Pickle Jar 2019 Watercolor on Arches 300gsm 19×28 cm – 7.5×11 in
This year the wild flower season was brief. Less rain, less flowers…
This spring I was only able to paint one watercolor of the white almond blossoms. They bloomed, it rained, it was windy and they were gone.
These are some of the steps taken.
I started out by putting the vase and the flowers on the paper first.
Then I start working around the paper putting in the colors and shapes I see.
Here I start looking for contrast.
Looking for depth.
Looking for atmosphere too.