I'm not sure where I'm going with this and probably needed to do more sketching in designs before I put this one down on the wc paper...but couldn't wait, of course! Jumped right in. I worked in graphite, adding more shadows to the main figures, and traced them down over a star shape that is supposed to show you the sweet spots in a painting if you put things on the correct axes.
I chose these colors:
1) My "mother color" that was picked blindly from the hat = Natural Amiata Sienna
2) Cobalt Teal Blue
3) Rhodonite Genuine
I plan to use RG more often this year and might as well start now.
I didn't want it to be just the girls - so added some leaves (the same leaf traced over and over around the center ladies). And I also put down texture medium in the background (not all over but in most areas) so the paint on the leaves shows that texture. I didn't put any on the girls but wherever there was a strong highlight, I took a white china marker and colored that white in - it will add more texture, because it resists the watercolor paint.
So this is where I am right now. I'm thinking the leaf shapes may not work - but I can push them into the background as I move along. I just thought of something else entirely to do for this project using these guidelines and I may end up going there instead - we'll see! ha-ha So far I just have the body color on the girls (no hair or shadows that will tie them together more). The leaves are filled in a bit with color. I'm thinking about those lines (that are in the star shape) - should I use them or not? So much to think about!!! I do have the Natural Amiata Sienna in the girls and the leaves but nothing in the background yet. It should be fun to play with the bg, though, since it's almost all covered with texture medium.