Overnight this beautiful Hardy Hibiscus flower opened up in our yard to full bloom, the others are still buds. The color is Cranberry Crush and the flower is about 7″ across. This was difficult to paint in that it is a very flat flower, almost like a disk with very little depth. I should have added some background color to add depth. Still a favorite of ours during the late summer. Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Alpha Sketchbook.
Round flowers are difficult. I love to paint pansies. During my botanical illustration certificate program I learned how adding touches of cool or warm shadows helps give form. I always have to go darker than I think to make something on a flat piece of paper bloom. Beautiful composition.
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Thank you Beverly, great feedback. The problem was giving depth to a very flat flower that had no real depth.