My floral watercolor is finished. This painting started with a modified contour drawing as seen in the previous post here on my blog. I kept the pencil on the paper throughout the entire drawing. From there I stretched half a sheet of Arches 140lb watercolor paper. I continued adding layers of paint throughout the painting. My goal was to use warm colors on the bottom right and cool colors on the left. The greens are the most noticeable going from warm yellowish greens to cooler bluish greens. I think I achieved that, what do you think?
I transferred the drawing onto the paper and started my painting as seen in the image below. Using some wet into wet at the beginning and then wet into dry as I moved around the floral.
Modified Contour Drawing
I kept the pencil on the paper throughout the entire drawing. It is not as difficult as it sounds. I was sitting in front of this bouquet of flowers when I did this sketch. Keeping the pencil on the paper I worked my way around the floral. Sometimes I backtracked over a previous line to get to a new area of the sketch. I think it produces a fresher, less detailed drawing.
To read more about the start of this floral in watercolor please visit this post here on my studio blog. Purchase this original flower painting in a 99 cent no reserve auction going on now. Click button above.