Today, I took a deep breath and might have even made a little internal scream as I went much darker with my background (the photo above shows half of the initial dark wash). The darker background gave me the incentive to go back into the flower and add more detail and darken the shadows.
I have to admit that I was inspired by the gorgeous night bird painting posted by Geninne this weekend with its inky black background. I used Winsor & Newton's 'neutral tint' with some 'winsor violet and 'perylene maroon'. I didn't go absolutely black as I wanted some of the colours of my previous washes to show.
Here's the final outcome. I am much happier with it now. White flowers can be very tricky to paint but I now feel that there is depth to my flower that was missing before.
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