I did a little more work on the foreground tulip of "Spring Breeze II" -- adding various shades of delicate pinks and lavenders.
Spring Breeze II, Watercolor on Arches 140# Rough Paper , 7"h x 5"w, WIP 2
I also started a magnolia painting -- my second attempt of using masking fluid and doing a dark background before the subject. It took three coats of Indigo, Ultramarine Violet and Ivory Black mixture to create the rich night sky blue in the background. I also lifted the background branches before painting in the flower. This time, I sprayed a little Winsor & Newton Workable Fixative on the pencil drawing before applying the masking fluid -- it worked! The pencil lines did not come off after peeling off the masking fluid. It also did not alter the paper surface. I am happy with the result so far...
Blooming Magnolia, Watercolor on Arches 140# Rough Paper , 7"h x 5"w, WIP 1