I love it when the light hits the flowers and makes the petals and leaves really shine. I try to capture this in my paintings. I usually start by making sketches of the flowers in pencil, charcoal or pastel. I really look and try to capture what I see and the character of each flower. For instance if the flower is standing up or bowed down. I look at the length and position of the petals. I treat them rather as I would people by looking at their proportions.
Below is a sketch I have done in charocoal
|Flowers in a vase, sketch|
It is useful to have the sketch as a reminder when panting the flowers. Here is the final painting.