White flowers on a dark background
The difficulty is to get the dark colours painted without getting streaks or running out of paint. Suggested colours: Sap green, cobalt blue, lemon yellow, alizerine. You can substitute raw sienna or yellow ochre instead of lemon yellow, for a more muted colour scheme
- Use a large brush
- Mix up lots of paint
- "Cheat" with your composition by dividing your painting into smaller sections so that you won't have to paint the whole background in one go. You can add extra stalks or flowers
- Use masking fluid on some areas to make painting easier. I recommend NOT to mask all the flowers, masked paintings always have a hard-edge look
Divide the background into 3 areas.
avoid lines that go into the corners.
I have masked the flower at the top and
some stalks - see here in turquoise.
Then paint with loose washes. Don't
forget your wash will dry lighter than
Paint loosely around the petals with a
large brush. Think about your focal
point, see here how the white petals
stand out against the dark brown.
Remove the mask (Note: NEVER use
a hairdrier with mask and do not leave
for more than a couple of days)
Paint in the centres with a pointed
Shadows on the petals are important
otherwise the flowers will look flat
Paint the shadows in different colours
for variety. Then paint over the white
stalks. You can also remove paint to
add some darker stalks by painting with
a fine brush and water. dab out the
line with tissue