I've learned several things from this painting:
- I have to use a little bit bigger size of paper, especially when I paint more than one elements.
- I have to be really, really patient. Every layer should be laid down only when the previous one is completely dry. This should be the rule number one!
- It is much better to build up a shape and color with more than one layer. Slowly building up, layer by layer, makes the plant look more realistic, more 3D and the color is deeper.
- White gouache is really good paint for painting little hairs on the stems or leaves. Sometimes it's good to mix some watercolor with gouache just to add some color to those hairs.
- Color swatches/color charts are really helpful with choosing the right color to your painting.
I was taking a lot of photos during the process of painting Vicia Cracca. I upload them all to my Facebook page. I also created a video from those photos and from my recording during the painting, so here I would like to show you just two photos of the final painting, and on the video below (or on my Facebook page) you can see the rest of them, with close-ups as well.
To paint this I used:
- paints: Schmincke Horadam and Winsor&Newton
- colors: mostly French Ultramarine PB29 (W&N), Payne's Grey Bluish PBk6/PB15:6 (SH), Mauve PV23 (SH), Cobalt Violet PV14 (W&N), Purple Magenta PR122 (SH), Perylene Violet PV29 (W&N)
- paper: Fabriano Artistico HP, 140lb
- size: 35 x 45 cm
Here is the final result: