Such a wonderful time I had at Kathleen Alexander's flower watercolor workshop. She amazes me every time I see her work. Her keen eye for color and details blows me away she'll point out colors in a simple photograph and I'd have to look real hard, but I'd start to see what she's seeing and wow! I never saw that, so the biggest thing I take away each time from her workshops is to pay more attention and really look, look for the subtle colors and color mixtures and hues.
In this flower painting we did, she had us start out with a underpainting of colbalt blue and a little sap green for the shadows in the flower petals, then with a bright rose pink on top of that. The background we used Holbein shadow green to get that rich dark background, the leaves we used green gold and sap green. She showed us to soften the highlights in the background to give that fuzzy look and where hard and soft edges were. It was a great workshop and I highly recommend her as a teacher.