The steps of the beginning of a painting:
Gathering reference photos, planning the composition,
working out the color palette,
d r a w i n g (takes a while),
masking the flowers, stems and leaves
and then finally starting to paint.
The background, though it looks black, isn't.
It's a mix of alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue and viridian.
Up close, the alizarin crimson is more prominent in some areas
and glows through.
My petal colors will be permanent rose & quinacrodone rose.