Haven’t done any water coloring in months and this fiddly fig wasn’t the easiest one to start with. My friend had a book of botanical watercolors and the fiddly fig was one of the choices. Turns out I have a hard time drawing non standard leaves🍃 that overlap. I hadn’t originally planned to sketch the outline but after I finished (messing up) coloring the leaves, it all looked like blobs in need of structure. The actual instructions were a bit confusing but after doing it poorly I now understand a better way to approach it: paint a lighter base layer of green, wet on dry, and then at the base of the leaf inject some darker green, wet on wet.

Water color of a fiddly fig plant, deeper green thickish leafy leaves on a brown stem potted in a light brown vessel with the date noted as 20221009
Fiddly fig water color

It was a fun way to spend an evening with friends and reminded me to paint more. Only the drawing/sketching is stressful the painting part is fun!