Coneflower, watercolor, 7" x 5"
Coneflower, watercolor, 7″ x 5″

I painted this coneflower with my students,  As we contemplated the flower center with the spiky stamens, we talked about different choices for getting this effect.  We chose to paint the area a yellow-orange, cover the stamens with masking fluid, and paint the darker color over that once the masking was dry. Painting negatively around the top of the flower and giving the edge a spiky texture adds to the feeling that the whole area has that texture.

4 thoughts on “Coneflower

  1. How nice to talk about the different ways to achieve effects in watercolors – we have so many choices, really, and points of view. I enjoy reading about your classes and what a nice subject and lovely treatment.

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