This image is for a lesson with my Friday night watercolour class. It’s a lesson in painting negative space. The sunflowers were all painted using a variety of light yellow, orange and red washes. Then in subsequent washes I added the darks, painting around the sunflowers and revealing various leaves, stems etc by painting around them. It’s a very liberating procedure for painting. The biggest challenge in painting negative spaces is being able to visualize them and it takes a couple of attempts to get a handle on it but the benefits of painting this way are definitely worth it.