View Full Version : A practice doodle, Wild Rose

07-31-2013, 08:07 PM
This is my first time posting a picture here, seems simple enough, so I hope I do it correctly. I've been obsessed with watercolors for about a year, but only took the plunge into beginning painting just this week. We have lots of wild roses out here during the summer, I dug up this photo because it felt simple and easy enough for me to tackle.



07-31-2013, 09:55 PM
I like this, it is soft and pretty!

08-01-2013, 03:27 AM
Welcome to the forum, glad you mastered the uploader.

A lovely first picture. You could go a little darker with the background, perhaps a little negative painting of leaves.


08-01-2013, 05:05 AM
First of all - Welcome! You have an excellent first painting!!!! You've handled the delicate petals nicely.
A couple of hints. To really get the deep pinkish violet of a petal, gently wet one petal with water. While it is damp with a shine and not a puddle, drop in a small amount of some very rich color in one spot - just where you want it the darkest and brightest. Leave it alone. It should gently spread getting lighter as it spreads. If you like the results, do on the other petals.
You might also want to paint some irregular edges on the background green so that they resemble leaves. You can go right over what you have already painted (leave some of the green as is).

08-01-2013, 12:49 PM
Thank you both for the excellent tips!