Springtime Ornamental Plum Blossom, Pt. 3

Ornamental Plum Blossom (Watercolour)

Ornamental Plum Blossom (Watercolour)

 
Today is a public holiday in Australia and it’s been a great end to a wonderfully relaxing long weekend… a beautiful sunny day, just a bit cooler than yesterday, but still too hot to do much gardening while the sun was on my neck. After half an hour of weeding I gave up and tried adding some more detail to the Plum Blossom painting that I started last week.

I’m trying hard to keep it loose but it’s definitely tightening up. Not that it’s ruining the painting – I love the colours that are building in the background. I was worried that after adding some shadows to the flowers they were becoming too dark so I layered some more colours into the background – Indigo Blue, Indian Yellow, Sap Green and Alizarin Red – and it’s made the flowers leap out again.

I feel I still need to define, or should I say suggest, more petals on the blossom to make it a stronger focus. I hope I can do it without losing the luminosity… and the moment I put the branch in I realised it would have been better on more of an angle. Oh well, it’s all about learning 🙂 .