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Painting Lessons  ~ How to Paint Flowers

Would you like to learn how to paint flowers? Flower paintings have been very popular for a long time and it's easy to understand why! And the thousands of varieties of beautiful flowers in a myriad of fabulous colours and shapes are inspiring for any artist.

From huge original canvases to small flower prints, most people have at least one flower painting adorning the walls of their home or office!

Be inspired ... read why I paint flowers (below) 

        And here's some free  flower painting lessons>>  Enjoy.

 

 
 

 

Why I Paint Flowers - Be Inspired!

by Theresa Evans

three flowers

 

  rose garden

The powerful language of colour, shape and movement that goes to make a flower has compelled me to try and preserve their beauty in my flower paintings. I work in pastel, which I love for it's immediacy and richness of hue. Pastel allows me to work quickly and capture the movement and light on a particular flower.  I also enjoy photography so taking flower pictures enables me to grow my flower paintings, with overlaying veils of colour, at a more considered pace.  I hope you enjoy the drama and impact I have tried to capture in  my gallery!

Most of us have a favourite flower. We plant them in our gardens, we buy them at the florist, we are given them as bouquets to celebrate a a birthday, anniversary or to wish us a speedy recovery. Unfortunately, most blooms have a short life. I adore flowers and as an artist, I have learned to preserve something of their essence in a flower painting forever. If you have ever wished you could do this with a favourite flower, then read on.

Flower painting has a wonderful history. Botanical art has been used to document numerous species of flowers and plants. There is something very satisfying and magical about painting a flower and preserving just what it was like forever. Of course, flower photographs can do the same but when you paint you have the added pleasure of carefully examining the curves and colours of each petal, stamen, stem and leaf. You have to observe the way the light catches the flower and use this information to give it a 3D presence on your paper. By painting flowers, you get to know them intimately.

I would advise anyone wanting to start painting flowers to begin with their favourite flower, no matter how complex it might seem. By choosing your favourite, you will be motivated to try again to render it well. Your feelings have a better chance of being transferred into your flower painting too. When a flower painting makes you gasp, it is because it initially did the same for the artist and they have found a way of sharing that with you. It doesn't matter if your attempts aren't perfect. Each time you try you will become more familiar with it's shape. It will seem easier to paint and you will notice more about the nuances of colour and the way light can affect it.

Of course, there are some useful techniques which might help you learn flower painting. Many excellent art books have been written about this topic and your bookstore will certainly have several. But be wary of simply copying another artists' techniques. You may be surprised to find that you are less satisfied with the results than you are with simply observing your favourite flower and perfecting your vision of it with each attempt.

Try drawing with different materials, have fun and keep all your attempts. You will be encouraged to see how your vision and skill improves simply by practise. I use pastels, both the soft powdery ones and the deliciously oily variety. I love them because of their beautiful range of colours, from very pale to vibrant hues. I can extend this even further by overlaying thin veils of colour, allowing the underneath ones to sing through. Or perhaps you could try watercolour? This has long been a favourite of flower painters and botanical artists and for good reason. The way you can allow one luscious colour to randomly bleed into another, just as it does in nature, is very mouth-watering!

As you can tell, I am fanatical about flower painting but I do hope I have managed to awaken a little curiosity in you. Have a go! What have you to lose? Here's a free lesson to get you started!

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Theresa Evans is a flower and landscape artist and teaches flower painting to art groups, painting workshops and on her website http://www.flowerportfolio.com

Theresa Evans 2005 - 2010 Flower Paintings 

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