Watercolors can be controlled to a certain extent, but there is always an element of surprise.
It is so much fun to let the watercolors do their thing. There is a wonderful
suspense and anticipation, as the colors flow and create their own special
Light, bright watercolor is perfect for depicting the beauty of flowers.
Draw your flowers on paper and transfer the drawing to your painting surface. Erasures may damage the painting surface.
This painting is done on my favorite watercolor surface, Aquabord.
Draw your flowers from life or good photos.
There are lots of Iris blooming in the springtime.
Determine the direction of the light.
Apply masking fluid to preserve the highlights on the light side.
The painting color scheme for the Iris is compliment + 1/2 left. It is painted with blue, purple and yellow.
Use more water to paint lighter colors on the light side of the flowers.
A variation of colors makes a more interesting painting.
Watercolor is often painted in layers.
When the first layer is dry, paint another layer to darken the desired areas.
The complimentary colors of yellow and purple make the purple flowers stand out against the yellow background. Contrasting colors is a part of painting watercolor flowers.
Soften the edges of the highlight areas to make a
smooth transition from the highlights to the main color of the petals.
Paint in the stems with a combination of blue and yellow. Put a bit of yellow on the beards.
Lift out some highlighted veins with a damp brush or a fiberglass brush.
That is the beauty of Aquabord, the paint may be lifted off after it is dry.
Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea) are native in the Midwest. (They look pink to me, but they're called purple.) They bloom all summer and come back faithfully each spring.
Daisies have been my favorite flowers ever since I was a child. So I enjoyed painting one of my favorites. They are perfect for painting watercolor flowers.
Notice neither of the flowers are centered and they each tilt a different direction. This helps give life to the painting.
I did a drawing in my sketchbook and transferred the drawing to the watercolor paper with graphite transfer paper.
Erasures can damage watercolor paper, so I did all my erasing in the sketch book.
Normally my watercolors go on Aquabord, but this time I used a block of 300# watercolor paper for a fun, quick painting.
Normally I paint with a limited number of colors. It simplifies the painting process and makes it more restful for the viewer.
When you are painting watercolor flowers learn how to select your color scheme.
Relax while painting watercolor flowers. The painting will go smoothly and you will have more fun.
Yellow goes on the top of the cone which is closest to the light source. Add blue to the bottom for the shadow side of the cone.
After the flowers are thoroughly dry, wet the entire background.
Float in variations of yellow and blue and a mixture of green. Keep the colors lighter toward the light source and darker at the bottom of the painting.
Painting watercolor flowers is fun - try it!
The idea for this painting came from an oil painting by Nancy Medina. The painting is changed significantly from the original, but I want to give Nancy credit for the idea.
This was a carefree painting in my favorite free painting style. Don't try to produce a photocopy. Painting watercolor flowers is such a joy with its unpredictable results.
The painting was drawn in my sketchbook and transferred to an 8x10 inch Aquabord with graphite transfer paper.
The dried painting was sprayed with Krylon UV spray and framed without glass. Aquabord is my favorite surface for painting watercolor flowers and for that matter all of my watercolor paintings.
Watercolor paintings on Aquabord don't have to matted or framed under glass. They are so much easier to frame and display.
This painting is done with an analogous color scheme of yellow, pink and orange with their compliments of blue and purple.
But painting watercolor flowers is so much fun - just let it flow!
The main subject, the flowers were painted first.
When the flowers were dry, I floated in dark colors for the background. This is my normal painting process for portraits of close-up subjects. Paint the main subject first and then paint the background around the main subject.
The yellow by the right-hand flower indicates the light source.
Drop yellow into the white spots that were left while painting the background. And spatter some yellow into the wet background.
Then the stems and leaves can be painted in a carefree manner with yellow and a mixed green.
It's easy, just follow these simple steps.