The next two paintings in my flower series play more on layers. These layers show in the textures by using gel mediums and in the overlays with the colors.
Often when I paint, I focus on highlights first, and I gradually darken and add deep values to my canvas. The blue crocuses were done much in reverse, and I started with deep colors and darn grays first. This really brought out the highlights in the crocus petals.
In the orchids, I went back to the Grisaille tehnique that I used a few years ago in my reef painting. I thought first about the image entirely in black and white, then I went back and added glazes over the harsh values to soften the distinction between values, add cohesion to the petals, and add color where necessary.