If you’ve ever tried to paint a realistic watercolour of something really colourful like this purple spring Iris, you may have run into trouble straight away.
The more you look at it, the more you realise it’s far from being just a ‘purple Iris’.
Instead it’s made up of LOADS of different shades of purple.
Some lighter, some darker.
Some more blue, some more pink.
And what about the browns, yellows and oranges you can see?
Not to mention the different greens in the leaves and stems.
It can be super confusing and difficult to know how to start.
So here I thought I’d show you my process for making sense of all this and getting your painting on track.