For one thing, it's the perfect medium for someone who has an attention span that is about as long as her kids, and who only has a few minutes (literally) in between craziness to throw down a few washes. When I'm busy, layers are drying, and by the time I find I have a few minutes in between activities, it's ready to add another layer. Win-win!
I also love painting in a sketchbook I feel like I can experiment and learn and the pressure to make something great is off.
I photographed the different layers so if I did fail completely, I could tell at what point things started going south.
Here's the latest:
First step - draw the image and add the under-tones. I like this layer the most. I like seeing pencil lines and the different colors. Maybe I should have stopped here.
I wanted the rose to be a little warmer, so I added a few more washes of oranges and yellows.
I layered oranges, reds, violets, greens, blues and browns to create the color of the roses and the shadows.
A few more layers, some highlights and it's finished!