Now that the branches are complete for the four panels that I am working on I can begin the blossoms. I prefer to wait until the branches are finished and dry to the touch as this makes it easier from my end to work on the flowers. I don't have to worry about putting my hand on the canvas to steady my brush, or that I might accidentally smudge something.
This is an example of how I start each individual blossom. I use a purple / blue to divide the inside of the flower by marking off the edges of the petals, the dip in the middle of each petal and the centre.
I then use a cleaner brush to gently blend the white of the petal with the purple of the divisions.
I will then go back and add more purple to the original divisions. I may do this process a few times, gradually darkening the centre area of each flower. Most of the time the resulting blossom looks quite messy close up, but once I back up a few feet that messiness is not noticeable. I have to keep this in mind when working on these as I can get in the habit of working very close to the canvas, trying to make the flower perfect from a few inches away. This is not realistic for a painting as the viewer is likely to be standing at least a few feet away, so while I am working on it I must repeatedly back up and view the work from a distance until I am satisfied with the detail and depth in each blossom from that distance.