Daily painting has been integrated into my morning meditation, an unexpected benefit having created a daily routine of watercolor painting every morning. I got so absorbed into today's flower that, much to the dismay of the dog I'm caring for, I blocked out and ignored everything else around me for at least 30 minutes. When I finished, I saw the tea that I usually drink before starting to paint on the counter untouched with the tea bag in it.
I continued to focus on creating more exciting greens with today's Lotus flower watercolor painting. I mixed my greens this time using Winsor Newton French Ultramarine Blue and Daniel Smith Lemon Yellow paints (with a touch of Winsor Newton Permanent Rose).
After it was dry, I went back and layered in some French Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Newton Viridian, and Winsor Newton Sap Green. The greens work in this painting for me, and I'll continue to use Winsor Newton Viridian and Sap Green paints as glazing colors.
For the petals, I used a mixture of Winsor Newton Permanent Rose and Daniel Smith Permanent Yellow Deep. The mixture made a beautiful salmon color to which I had to add some more Permanent Rose to shift it back into the reds. I feel this is a better magenta color match for the Manchurian Lotus flower.
The center of the flower that holds the seeds starts out as a creamy yellow color that turns a sap green-like color as the flower petal ages and dies. When its young, the yellow color comes through the red leaves causing it to have a soft salmon glaze that is beautiful.