Negative Space & Sunflowers

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.

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