Last week, I experimented with Lanaquarelle watercolor paper and promised to show you my steps for “Sunlit Daisies” in this week’s post. So here we go…This is a very tiny painting (6″ x 9″) I painted using the negative painting technique on a scrap of leftover paper.
The colors I chose for this painting were:
I began by wetting my paper and dropping in a very light wash of the Winsor Blue Green and Quinacridone Magenta in the background area avoiding the petals of the three main daisies. I painted right over where the secondary daisies would be except for their centers. While the surface was still wet, I dropped in a Hansa Yellow Medium for the daisy centers and then let it dry.
For the second layer, I began painting around my three main daisies using the same background colors. It is important to keep each layer light because the overall painting will be darker after several layers. I let the paper dry between this and every other layer.
Next, I began painting around the secondary daisies in the background using the same background colors.
On the fourth layer, I made another daisy in the background by painting the area around it. I also strengthened the centers by wetting them and dropping in a little Quinacridone Gold just below the top, then Quinacridone Sienna below that, and Quinacridone Burnt Orange at the bottom. I let them mingle slightly.
Next, I began strenghtening the background area towards the center of the painting with some Royal Blue and added more background daisies by painting the area around them.
On the sixth layer, I continued to strengthen the background area.
Next, I added the greens on the leaves and stems and finally painted a little color on the petals themselves in order to separate them slightly from one another.
I am pleased with the way this little painting turned out. It is surprising what you get sometimes when you are just experimenting.