My first post was a set of flower paintings; my mother-in-law loved them, so I have been persuaded to paint another set just for her. Happy 80th Birthday Irmi! The method was the same; I chose 3 bright primary colours and painted them all using the same triad of colours – Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Magenta and Antwerp Blue. I did use a little Winsor Yellow in the lilies as well. Personally, I think the roses turned out best again. I love their translucence and nothing shows it better than watercolour. For me, getting the tones right is the single most important thing in a painting. You can take liberties with colours, but if the tones aren’t right – the balance of lights and darks – the painting won’t work.
It’s the single most common mistake with beginners; it’s easy to get so wrapped up in trying to match exactly the colours you see that the painting can end up with an overall flat mid tone. If you’re not sure, try taking a photocopy of your picture or a scan in greyscale. It should still look vibrant even in black and white.