There was a beautiful grouping of pink peonies that came out earlier this summer, outside the ring where I ride. Every artist HAS to paint a peony, and this one was mine. I tried to paint the flower realistically, yet loosely, and without detailing every single flower petal. I think it came out quite well in that regard.
The watercolor is mounted on a cradled panel, which I smooth and stain. The affixed painting is then spray-vanished several times to protect and preserve the image, and it is ready to frame.
transparent watercolor on Arches archival paper, mounted on prepared and stained panel and varnished