echanesea flowers on paper
The leaves of my Coneflowers (Echanesea) are about two inches out of the ground. Daisies have been my favorite flowers ever since I was a child. So I enjoyed painting one of my favorites.
The Purple Coneflowers (They look pink to me, but they are called purple.) are native here in the Midwest. They did not grow well for me in Florida, but they do great here in Missouri. I have some of the Pow Wow varieties and they bloom all summer and come back faithfully each spring.
Echanesea on 300# paper
draw and transfer
Drawing them probably took more time than I spent on painting them. I
drew them in my sketchbook and then transferred the drawing to the
watercolor paper with graphite transfer paper. Erasures can damage watercolor paper, so I did all my erasing on the sketch paper.
Notice neither of the flowers is centered and they each tilt a different direction. This helps give life to the painting.
colors and painting surface
my watercolors go onto Aquabord or Claybord, but this time I used paper
for a fun, quick painting. I was breaking out of the winter doldrums
and I wanted to have some fun painting watercolor flowers. So I grabbed a
block of 300# watercolor paper for this quick painting.
I used a semi-triad color scheme with pink (red), yellow and blue. I slipped a bit of orange into the center cone. The yellow and blue colors mixed for the green. Normally I paint with a limited number of paints. It simplifies the painting process and makes a more restful painting for the viewer.
Relax while painting your watercolor flowers and the painting will go smoothly for you.
Paint the pink petals first. Wet the petal and start painting near the center of the coneflower. Then pull the paint lighter and lighter as you go out to the tip of the petals.
Yellow goes on the top of the cone which is closest to the light source. Add blue to the bottom, shadow side of the cone. Then I went to lunch while the flowers dried.
When 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.
I came back with a second wash of darker blue between the two flowers to highlight the focal flower.
There you have it a quick, fun flower painting. Try it!