This painting is a major fail for me, but I am learning something. Firstly, my first layer was rubbish. I tried using wet in dry and it just was not happening. I had also tried to copy the photo which contained more leaves on the left. I hadn’t paid attention to the composition. So I left it for a week. I thought I might start over and maybe do something on the back. And then I thought I might be able to fix it. I added some more more color to the flowers and deepened the background and managed to cover the leaves on the left. My center did not turn out the way I wanted it. I like the leaf and the bee. I used some water color pencils and crayons. Then I went mad with more blue paint, and while it was still wet, put some clingfilm on it. When the paint was reasonably dry, I pulled the clingfilm off. I then used a damp brush to tidy the flowers where the blue bled onto them and crayon to fix certain areas. This is now rather vibrant, and large at A4.
I am not finished with sunflowers. I really like this one I made a few weeks ago. It is from the same photo, but upside down.
I cannot for the life of me understand how I can follow a lesson almost perfectly, but when it comes to doing my own thing, the watercolors don’t work. I enjoyed the clingfilm experiment and I am going to have to try it again and find better ways of employing this technique. Watercolors can be so difficult to work with sometimes! I might have to paint something in acrylic just to feel good about painting something!