It sounds like you're trying too hard! If you're working with aquarelles, just put a little water down for each section of the flower and dab the water with paint and let it flow. If you let the paint do what it "wants", it'll be great!
Hm must try it. It's true. I think I try just too much to control the paint. In the end it's not what aquarelles are about. Thanks for pointing it, it's valuable advice because people usually don't see the most important things.
The same thing happened to me. The only thing I got done was the painting of the two Siamese. I've gritted my teeth over finishing a couple more commissions this week - they're coming in faster than I can do them. I got one that's a pencil drawing of a wedding couple from the 1950's -I thought about farming it out to you, but I only quoted her 30 pounds for it. If you're interested in taking it over, I can e-mail the photo - it's a good clear shot. If not, believe me, I understand.
This should be about ten inches by ten inches; I've got the photo at the gallery but I'll scan and send it to you this morning. Not a very high-paying gig, but there's no background or anything and judging from the snap, it ought to be pretty easy. As I say, if you'd rather not, I do understand.