Hi! First of all we will start with mixing our main shadow color.
Here's my palette.
This is the beauty of the porcelain palette.
Clear water + tissue and it's pure white again.
I recommend that you use for example porcelain dinner plates – these are wonderful palettes.
To make our shadow color you need yellow and violet.
I'm using: Hansa Yellow Deep (PY65) + Ultramarine Violet (PV15).
Mix them well and dilute your mix with clear water.
It looks like big mud, but actually it's a very light brown color.
And we have our main shadow color.
I'll be calling it "SC" later.
In some parts you can add more yellow, in others more violet.
We'll be using also Ultramarine Blue (PB29) on the petals.
Let's start with the first petal and it's shadow color.
First apply a clear water glaze but just in the area where the shadow is (not on the whole petal).
I'm using brush #6 here.
Add your SC.
Just dab with your brush.
In lower parts add more yellow (here Hansa Yellow Deep).
Soften the edge on the left side.
Notice that the right side has a hard edge.
It's a strong shadow.
Apply a water glaze on the other side of the petal and drop in the colors while it's still wet.
Use Hansa Yellow Deep, little French Ultramarine and your SC.
Close to the center of the rose use more yellow.
We will add another layer later and it will be much darker.
Work with your hard and soft edges.
Here you have a hard edge, so don't pre-wet this area.
Here instead we have soft edges so pre-wet this area and add some color.
The painting always looks really nice when you have a balance between the soft and hard edges.
Drop in Quinacridone Gold.
You can also drop in some Translucent Orange.
I'm painting these flowers using only my Shadow Color and adding more yellow or violet in particular areas.
Some shapes can look strange while painting, but trust yourself.
In the end everything will look really well.
Here is a strong shadow.
I used Ultramarine Blue and add SC with more Ultramarine Violet.
Always when you want to have soft edges pre-wet an area first and then drop in some color.
On this petal you can see that little curl which is painted wet on dry, while the rest of the petal is painted wet on wet.
This strong shadow is partially painted wet on wet (on the left side), but when I add Ultramarine Blue I'm painting wet on dry to get that hard edge.
Again apply a clear water glaze and drop in your colors.
Let them blend.
Leave that small gap which you can see in the final painting.
Be careful with using your SC or any Yellow with blue.
It's easy to get green and you don't want that.
Leave some space between yellow and blue.
Add those two colors and then try to blend them carefully.
Hansa Yellow Deep + Quinacridone Gold Quinacridone Gold + Translucent Orange Here I'm using SC and wet on dry technique at the beginning, and then I soften the edge below.
Now it's time to add last, stronger colors, to increase the contrast.
Remember that when the colors are dry they are much paler, so don't be afraid to use strong colors.
Around the centers of each rose add stronger orange (I used Quinacridone Gold + Translucent Orange).
Paint those little dots (Quinacridone Gold + Burnt Umber) and add the stamens using the same, more diluted color.
And there you have it! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed! :).