I really enjoyed following with the videos and testing out the strokes myself. As I watch more videos on loose watercolor florals and paint along, I'm finding my hands are starting to build some muscle memory.
(the pansy was from another class project-trying to conserve some resources) Once I felt a bit comfortable with the strokes, I tried making the arrangement on the left of the next page
I found myself not too pleased with my five petal flowers. I contrasted the shape and fill of mine with yours and with other students' projects. I think my initial attempts were too pointy for my liking. So I kept that in mind and tried to rectify it as I practiced them at the bottom of the page. I really took what you said about practicing to heart. I can't expect myself to do it perfect the first time. Besides, it is a loose floral, it doesn't need to be perfect. So, I decided to play around with the amount of water, the amount of pigment, poking color in, removing puddles, and bleeding colors into others. With a bit more confidence, I created the arrangement on the right.
After I finished that up, I realized how late it was and decided to clean up and go to bed. As I laid in bed, I thought about the shapes and colors and about making another floral arrangement until I drifted off.
Today, I sat down with my pages, looked at the flowers I created, and numbered the ones I really liked. Then I sketched out my plan for a painting to give as a gift to my mother in law.
I took my time and tried my best, turning the board I taped the canvas on as I worked.
I'm so pleased with how it turned out, I really hope she likes it.