From a photo taken during our recent stay on Anna Maria Island. The house we rented had a beautifully landscaped back yard with lots of interesting plants around the pool. I took a lot of photos when the sun came down through the leaves and this is the first painting I'll do from those photos in early morning light.
Began with the drawing on watercolor paper and then put in the background using Daniel Smith Shadow Violet. It may need to be darker. I will work on that before I finish but want to start on some of the leaves.
Since I'm working very wet-in-wet (prewetting the areas I'll paint into, section by section), I'm working on a towel over my table and weighting down the paper so it straightens out as it dries. (Learned that trick from Carol Carter.) Some of the leaves are deep purple-grey and some are golden orange red colors so I'm looking forward to putting the color into those leaves. Then I may not need to darken the background at all.
Stay tuned for the next steps...