I worked a bit more on the yellow rose painting today, refining the shape of shadows on the pedals, and darken them as needed, and adding a glaze of yellow on a few pedals to see the overall effect:
Yellow Rose, Watercolor on Lanaquarelle140# Cold Press Paper , 8"h x 8"w, WIP 2
At the end of the day there are 2-3 layers of color on each shadow shape, and I am happy with the shape of most of the shadow shapes. The value of shadows also looks right, but with the background white, it is hard to judge. I think the next step would be adding some proper dark colors into the background so that it is easier to judge the light and middle values in the flower against it.
Yellow Rose, Watercolor on Lanaquarelle140# Cold Press Paper , 8"h x 8"w, WIP 3
I also worked on the bird of paradise painting a little more, mingling various shades of green to develop the underpainting of the leaves, dropping in some reds, blues and yellows here and there to indicate color inclinations of these areas. Most likely these would be painted away wet-into-wet during the overpainting process, but for now, these bright colors serve as road map for me for the next steps.
Petal Light #1, Watercolor on Arches 140# Cold Press Paper , 10"h x 8"w, WIP 2