Using a fan brush I partially mix together Cobalt Blue and Magenta. Never over mix your paints. I think this is one of the most important techniques to use regardless of the medium. Once I have done this my brush has a variety of colours in it which I use to add more interest to the shadow areas of my shrubs.
After this has dried I sponge Australian Grey Green over the base colours and again I wait for this to dry. I usually work on a number of paintings at once so I go on with something else while this is drying. Most times I wait for about an hour between each step.
Using the fan brush I apply another layer of partially mixed Cobalt Blue and Magenta. At this stage you can see the colours and tones beginning to layer up and create the illusion of a 3D shrub.
Using a smaller brush I now start putting in the highlights using Mauve, Australian Sky blue and the Australian Grey Green mixed with some iridescent medium.
I try to vary the direction of my strokes and keep in mind where the light is falling on the shrub.
The finished shrubs have a variety of colours, tones and different brushstrokes that combine to create the illusion of a shrub.
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