I largely worked simultaneously on the fuchsias and the daisy. Since these were so different, I wanted to expetience shifting gears between the two pieces. The grays in the daisy really make the simple flower more complex and a little gloomy, but the bright colors in the fuchsias feel the opposite.
The dahlia was one of the most difficult pieces I've created, and no 2D image can do it justice. I used a lot of texture medium on this one to really add depth to the layers of petals. With the complex shading and turns of color, this took several layers to complete. I painted it in grisaille style which allowed me to use exaggerated values on my texture layer. I mixed some of the gel medium with the lighter grays and whites to give a bit more lift in my layers. I added several layers of color on top, and I finished off with some touch ups in the deep grays.