|Birds of Paradise, 8x10" ink and watercolor on Fabriano HP|
|Colorful underpainting complete|
The photo shown with the underpainting complete also includes a dark background mix of all above colors.
Once the underpainting was complete, I worked on the colors in the flowers (mostly New Gamboge with some Organic Vermilllion), then the overpainting on the leaves. For the leaf overpainting I mixed up a green from New Gamboge and Phthalo blue and lightly washed that over the leaf shapes. The lighter areas got either mostly water or mostly New Gamboge, where the deeper areas got a higher concentration of the blue.
Once I was satisfied with the painting, I used my rapidograph pen to make the ink lines.
Photo credit for the birds of paradise goes to Nicke Reeves Payne.