Before you start to paint any of the paintings in this course watch the relevant video tutorial all the way through at least once. It will give you a very clear idea what steps are involved and what techniques to concentrate on.
Take your time. Don't rush the painting. Do your best to stay within the lines and don't panic if something goes wrong. If at any time you feel like you have messed the painting up, don't abandon it. Instead complete it to the best of your ability, mistakes and all.
Only paint one of your copies of the Bird of Paradise flower! You will return to the second copy once you have completed the rest of the course.
NOTE: Try to use similar colors to those used in the video. They don't have to be exactly the same but to achieve similar results you will need to use similar colors.