Before the snow and sleet arrived, I picked a few bright daffodils to sketch. I kept the flowers in my fresh water glass throughout the week as inspiration. One of the sketches was used as the basis for my first large watercolor. The sketch captures the flower and leaves leaning out of the cup. The bright red of the corona's lip reflect on the surrounding flower, even in the bluish shadows. I used this sketch as my thumbnail for the larger painting. I drew a box around the part of the sketch I wanted to use in my larger painting. At the bottom of the sketch are some color mix test blocks. I used them to help me decide which pigment combinations to use while doing the sketch and for the background in the larger painting.
For the larger watercolor I pushed the colors to make a more vibrant painting. I increased the reflected colors on the petals and added Quinacridone Gold to the shadows. I also added a wet in wet background of blue and green to provide contrast. The result is a bright cheerful spring painting, that communicates that feeling.