Hi everyone! Here's a glimpse of amaryllis trio painted without drawing on the backside of a failed 15x11 work using Arches 140 CP, American Journey, DaVinci and Daniel Smith paints. There's no photo reference as these were rendered from life. Brush used was #10 synthetic Golden Fleece round (CJAS).
To begin, I sprayed 4 colors of dilute paint: Cobalt blue, permanent rose/poppy, sap green, arylide yellow/quinacridone gold one at a time onto dry paper. (Each paint combo + water is in a small Walmart cosmetic spritzer bottle of the same color for easy ID):
Using a dry industrial crumpled paper towel, I blotted some excess red spray. If paint is drying too light then spray again as you go along as seen here:
You could develop petals from the lines made with paper towel edges, but that's another demo
For this step, continue blotting, letting dry, careful not to make mud. The far right flower is starting to resemble amaryllis now:
Another vertical view of spritzed paper before drying, nothing definite yet:
Begin developing petals using analogous reds and red orange hues on almost dry paper. Dark brownish black is alizarin, sap green, Copper Kettle. Remember: If you think you messed up, lift off paint and spray spritz again!
Continue petal shapes, spritzing as needed, being sure to let the speckled background show. Negative painting is done using a darker value behind a lighter one to carve out shapes, along with positive painting:
Keep going with same process with other blooms; dark centers added along with some linework within petals:
Finish 3 amaryllis heads, adding a ruffle here and there as seen here, along with a bit of titanium white for tips of petals. Periwinkle blue for soft background is begun as well:
Now for foliage! Negative painting of solid green + yellow to form vertical stem which will remain original speckled. Undersea Green is added. More Periwinkle is seen here:
Continue positive painting its broad flat leaves positively in one go (I try to get it right in one application and avoid layering). Periwinkle is continued:
Brief stop here to post these 10 steps then will continue