Crocus in Watercolour

This large white Dutch Crocus stood out against the popular purple variety surrounding it and created a perfect focal point.
This is a two part tutorial.
Part 1. You will learn how to:-
*Adapt the reference material to improve the composition.
*Paint a wet on wet variegated background
*Paint the purple crocuses wet on wet

Part 2.
*Mix shades of grey to suggest shadows on a white flower
*Paint simple sweeping leaves
*Use the negative painting technique to surround the brown leaves whilst strengthening the foreground background

You will need

Cadmium yellow
Permanent rose
Quinacridone magenta,
French Ultramarine blue
Phthalo blue
Payne's grey
Burnt sienna

Jackmans Size 8 round synthetic brush

Cotman 111 Size 10 synthetic brush

Watercolour paper:
140lb NOT (a slight texture) Bockingford watercolour paper
Finished size 22 x 22cms
Pebeo Drawing gum (Masking fluid)
fine feather or alternative applicator
Masking tape

Reference Photograph: Crocus in Watercolour

Part 1 Crocus in Watercolour

Part 2 Crocus in Watercolour

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