One thing about flowers that’s good to know – they’re not all equally easy to paint. If you start yourself painting on frilly carnations, you will have your confidence thoroughly squashed if you switch, then, directly to a bouquet of Peruvian lilies. Carnations have pretty, bunchy, willy-nilly petals that don’t seem to have anywhere in particular to go – so if you fudge a few here or there, or just paint a few dabs of petal shaped paint around a stem, then – viola – you have a very accomplished looking carnation and you pat yourself on the back and feel very good about your skills as a painter of flowers.
Peruvian lilies, on the other hand, have exactly six petals. They are all placed in a very specific position. They each have their own pattern of pink and yellow and cream and two of them, for no reason other than to show off I guess, have little red stripes in a pattern that is also very specific. So no fudging. You get the six leaves, you put them in their right places, you get the colors in the right spots on the right leaves and you figure out how to do those stripes, otherwise, you don’t get a painting of a Peruvian lily. You get a mess. So these were harder. But probably I learned something.