I have wanted to paint peonies for a while, last year they felt too scary to tackle! So I decided to go for it! I painted outside in natural light, there was no sunshine but it didn’t matter. I placed a purple piece of paper under the flowers and decided the green grass was too contrasted in colour so made up the background – which was quite liberating! 

This is the painting blocked in, next to the steps of my studio
I worked on loose, lively brush strokes and keeping the colours fresh, clean and bold! How did I do this? Different brushes for each colour, organised palette – premix colours before painting. Background flat area – brush strokes in different directions and lengths, not smoothing or hiding the marks. I used ‘Permanent Rose’ for the pinks, mainly with Ultramarine and a little Michael Harding ‘Kings Blue deep’.