Tropical Leaves, Flowers, and Fruit

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There’s something about tropical leaves, flowers, and fruit that is SO fun to paint. —

In any case, I decided to try painting tropical foliage with my new obsession—adding white gouache to watercolor! Have you tried it? If not, hit play on this video and give it a whirl. I think you’ll enjoy it!


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00:00 – Silly little intro
01:38 – Getting started with white gouache talk!
03:26 – Starting with sketches.
12:57 – Painting begins with lilies.
18:27 – Next, two-tone leaf with pink stem/vein details.
20:32 – Now some fun big lime green leaves with blue vein detail.
21:26 – What I would use these paintings for and what you could do…
23:29 – Up next: little blue leaf, green leaf tropical cuties
24:43 – “Whoop, just put my hand in my leaf.”
25:03 – Gouache conversation: ratio to watercolor, why I’m using, etc.
26:23 – Let’s paint a Hibiscus flower!
27:40 – Now for a little lemon yellow tropical feelin’ flower.
29:38 – It’s dragon fruit time!
31:41 – Painting a bird of paradise.
34:20 – Let’s do a bigger blue leaf with pink detail.
35:02 – One more tropical-vibe pink flower!
35:59 – What’s the lay flowers??
37:20 – Now adding detail to Lillies.
38:19 – Hibiscus details.
40:07 – Would John look good, though?
40:45 – Pink detail on blue leaves.
42:04 – Blue details on lime green leaves.
43:15 – Pink and red detail on tropical leaf cuties.
43:46 – Yellow flower gets some blue dots.
44:09 – Dragon fruit seeds and bird of paradise detail.
45:18 – Bigger dark blue leaf pink detail time.
45:59 – Final flower details.
48:35 – Final thoughts on the pieces.
48:59 – My addiction and serious struggles…


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