For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. Jeremiah 29:11-14
When I start a painting I generally look for the largest and simplest washes first. Here I have used French Ultramarine Blue and created a flat wash in some of the areas where the sky shows through behind the plant. Mix up a puddle of pigment and water and test it on a scrap piece of watercolor paper to see if your mixture will provide the correct value. I like to use a value chart number 1 through 6 to help me define and establish the values in a painting - the lights and darks. I really believe that if you have a nice composition and a good range in values you will have a successful painting. Use some of the French Ultramarine puddle to glaze in the shadow area of the tree trunk at right also.