We find a nice spot next to the water garden overlooking the lily pads and the "Lemon-Lime Gecko" elephant ear bog plant.
The painting is 4 x 6 inches and it takes about an hour and a half. I do the first washes transparently over the pencil drawing, looking for large gradations of color.
|Tropical bog plant - Elephant ear, gouache, 4 x 6 inches|
Then I cut back into the leaf shapes with some of the dark and light reflections on the water surface, using more opaque paint. I alternate between relatively large flat and round brushes.
The colors I'm using are: burnt sienna, raw sienna, lemon yellow, perylene maroon, viridian, permanent green light, ultramarine blue, and white.
My full length instructional video is called "Gouache in the Wild"