I have white Calla Lilies growing in my garden. I call them survivors as they didn’t look very healthy when I first moved into my house and I left them to see how they would fare. They are doing incredibly well and are my favorite flower in my small garden after the beautifully scented jasmine that covers one wall.
I have loads of reference photos of them. Yesterday I drew two that were flowering in the garden and one that was in a vase in the house. Now, this next picture is not pretty, and you will automatically see why. I am almost embarrassed to post it.
It started off well, until I got to the leaves, and the more I tried to save it, the worse it got. I am really rubbish at painting leaves and stems in watercolor and is something I will need to work at. I have no problem drawing them, painting them in acrylics, or using watercolor pencils, or pastels.
So I decided to scrap the leaves and just paint the lilies.
As you can see, the flower is not all white. In fact, my flowers actually have a lot of yellow in them, with lots of shadow. I used a purple grey for the shadow as purple is the compliment to yellow. To compensate for the lack of leaves, I added a lot of green to the bottom half of the painting. I am happy with this one. Next!