In her wonderful book Watercolor: Painting Outside the Lines, Linda Kemp has an exercise in negative painting that produces a fanciful flower.
After laying in an initial wash of my three colors, I traced around a stencil with six petals for the flower head. I painted around that layer, using the colors that were already on the paper as a guide for the next layer. Trace, paint, trace, paint, and then imagine some leaves and a stem and another flower further back in the picture plane.
This was a fun painting to do on a rainy day when I couldn’t be outside painting the flowers that are starting to bloom in my garden!
What do you do on rainy days?