First I started with some thinned purple to make the main outlines with. You can use pencil to draw on the canvas too, but I don't recommend it because it is sometimes harder to cover pencil than another color of paint with acrylics, especially if you use thin body acrylics to paint with like we use for classes at the studio. The lines are not to provide fill in the blank areas (that wouldn't be painting like a master now, would it?) but are meant to be general landmarks, or guidelines to keep the perspective correct.
Continue to fill in the areas, using pink in broad areas and purple. This sets the stage for the next step, blending the edges and adding tone. Now if you are quick enough, you can blend the colors before the paint dries, but you'd have to be superman to be that fast. I paint fast and even I couldn't blend all the areas before the paint dried. Which meant I had to pick up more paint and blend.
Last I add the centers of the flowers with pink, purple and blue, mixed with a bit of white....
After all the blending and edging, you have your finished painting. Only you will know when you are finished. When you reach a point that you are pleased with the outcome, STOP!!! I can't tell you how many times I have had to tell that to students who just wanted to add a 'bit more'. That bit more can muddy a painting and you can lose the effect you were aiming to achieve.
*Note: you can always add to a painting later. Sometimes it is best to stop, walk away, and let your eyes and brain rest for a while. Then when you return you will have 'fresh eyes' and probably a new perspective on what you were trying to achieve. For those who attend class in our studio, we will 'bump' you past that point, by making you take a short break, then suggesting a brush stroke or two to jump start you again.
And so you have the finished canvas...O'Keeffe is fun to paint...and here is the original I used for practice:
HAVE FUN WITH ART! See you next time!!!