1.  To begin establishing a dark and light value pattern, the flowing, pooling scarves of the backdrop are glazed with a slightly dull violet. The shadows in the lilies and roses where petals overlap are defined with blue-green and a warm brown. These colors are not typically used to develop shadows, but the experiment worked well.  
2.  Stems and foliage illuminated with bright light are brought out with a rich yellow-green. Shadows begin with a deeper, less intense green.

The drapery shadows are darkened in preparation for the glazes of color.
Lilies & Roses - watercolor demonstration of white lilies and roses

5.  The lilies and roses stand out beautifully against the lively background of greens and oranges. 

I have much respect for artists who regularly paint still lifes. When setting up the scene, it is challenging to place the objects to their best advantage and build a good composition.
4. More and more dark values are added to increase the contrast with the light areas. Painted objects can only be made to look real by understanding and recreating the patterns of light and dark. 

Ho-hum paintings with little impact are usually lacking a full range of values, particularly the darks. Shadows and the shadowed side of objects are surprisingly dark. 
3.  Richly contrasting hues in the green and red color families are perfect to set off the light valued lilies and roses.

The hand-painted scarves have loose, swirling patterns that are tricky to recreate in the painting. The convoluted, light-colored lines in the green scarf must appear to follow the folded contours of the fabric. 

A lovely gift of lilies and roses made a beautiful bouquet with a backdrop of bold hand-painted silk scarves.

Watercolor Demo
Lilies & Roses
Watercolor painting demonstration of white lilies and roses by Lisa Hill step 1
Watercolor painting demonstration of white lilies and roses by Lisa Hill step 2
Watercolor painting demonstration of white lilies and roses by Lisa Hill step 3
Watercolor painting demonstration of white lilies and roses by Lisa Hill step 4
Still life watercolor painting of white lilies and roses by artist Lisa Hill
Lilies & Roses
18"x24"  mounted on board, sealed with acrylic, framed
$1100  © 2014
Still life watercolor painting of white lilies and roses by artist Lisa Hill
Watercolor painting demonstration of white lilies and roses by Lisa Hill step 4 closeup
Watercolor painting demonstration of white lilies and roses by Lisa Hill step 2 closeup
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