This canvas started out as a landscape that I started in my "maritime painting" class. I kept trying to do more and more and I kept hating it. So I took purple/magenta and painted over the entire thing. Don't ask... i don't know why I do such silly things.
I decided to do this flower painting in the same manner that a teacher I took a class from a while back at RISD CE taught me. It's not my normal process really but I'm giving it another whirl. The process is: paint one solid color or gradient as the background. Then paint the painting in tones of white, and then use washes and colors on top. Here is the first major session:
The background took 2 sessions on top of the white painting.