Flowers can be so fleeting that several Springs can go by before I get around to painting certain ones. It has taken a few years to get around to painting snowballs again. My friend Debbie showed up and took some progress shots....thanks, D. I'm sharing them below so you can see the steps.
In this painting I drew a little first. Another demo, but one in which I didn't draw, I posted HERE.
A few things to note: When the flowers are drawn in they have square edges that reflect the planes of their shapes. I then put a single dot where the center of the flower is which immediately establishes which direction they are pointing.
Another is, that since this was a fairly close valued painting, the first note of paint was the value and color of the sky. From this I could judge what the rest of the values should be to describe the flowers but still keep them in light spring colors.
The photo of the source doesn't accurately reflect values or color....and there is no sky. The day was cloudy and very cool.
By the way, I have a plein air workshop coming up in July at the Winslow Art Center.