I began this painting by coating 140 lb watercolor paper with white acrylic gesso. While the paint was still wet I scratched randomly into the gesso to create fun texture.
When the gesso was dry I began applying watercolor in a free and loose fashion to establish the basic composition of a large iris. I was careful to leave some white paper peeking through and a vignette in the lower corner. When the first layer of paint was dry I came in with darker paint and began adding definition to the iris petals and leaves. Painting on a gessoed paper allows for a more impressionistic and painterly style!