I found painting the white Cherokee Rose particularly challenging. The flower itself is very simple, five flat white petals surround a central ring of yellow stamens with yellow to brown anthers. The simple beauty of the flower hid the challenges of painting it: delicate soft shadows, busy background, and several small water droplets. Making a draft painting helped me find my way through these challenges.
Iris I chose to crop the background close, letting some of the petals continue off the page. The shadows that define the shape of the petals is very subtle and had a hint of green, which didn't translate well in the watercolor sketch. Two of the five petals of the draft painting have yellow-green added to their shadows. I used several light glazes on the petals, which over darkened the shadows. The background was painted last, some areas show more definition then other areas and distract from the flower.
Margaret Walsh Best's class. Small amounts of this purplish mix can be added to any color to create nice shadows (lower mixed colors).