Still life paintings have long been part of the history of artistic creations. Their arrangements are carefully setup with glassware, bones, dishes, fruit, vegetables, and interesting odds and ends that are symbolic for the viewer or present a fun challenge for the artist. From this initial concept, masterpieces can be born. One still life subject in particular is beloved by many: the flower.
In this free flower painting tutorial, you’ll learn how to paint flowers that result in artworks with strong compositions, striking colors and pleasing designs. It’s perfect for beginners, as well as those who want to learn more about flower painting techniques.
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Then in “Quiet Reverence,” Meredith E. Lewis takes you into the world of Dongfeng Li, an artist who creates atmospheric watercolor portraits. In this article from Watercolor Artist (April 2012), you’ll learn how Li developed his signature style and how he paints these graceful portrait paintings. “Painting from life, photographs and reference material, Li strives to achieve authenticity in each painting,” says Lewis. “Life painting is his favorite way of working. If he chooses to work from photographs, he often changes the color scheme and various personal elements to complete and unify a composition.”
And last but not least, read about master portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, who has painted models such as John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Tom Wolfe, and more. In “A Brush With History” from The Artist’s Magazine (January/February 2013), you’ll gain insights into how to not just paint a portrait, but how to paint a personality, including how Kinstler interpreted the actor Christopher Plummer in a portrait painting.
Dynamic Action: Create Flower Paintings With Strong Compositions
In this Drawing magazine article by James Sulkowski, you’ll be able to study beautiful oil paintings of flowers that demonstrate key elements of composition. Sulkowski shares visual examples of how the eye travels throughout his floral oil paintings so that you can see how he planned the light, depth and shapes of the flower arrangements.
“Floral composition should not be static, dull or boring,” Sulkowski says. “The painting concepts I outline here allow the artist great freedom in creating a work. Exploring different techniques of paint application, such as using thick or thin paint and different brush sizes, also gives the artist tremendous creative options that yield results as individual as handwriting.”
Refine the Design: Tips For Painting Flowers
Next, you’ll learn how to create a gorgeous design for your floral paintings in this excerpt from Laure Paillex’s book, Fresh and Fabulous Flowers in Acrylic: 20 Garden-Fresh Floral Designs. Paillex explains how to successfully express your vision by using the color wheel and how to choose the best background color for your flower painting.
In this free eBook, you’ll also learn how to identify and choose a specific shape for the flower arrangement. Paillex shares a variety of suggestions for compositions, including specific layouts that you can use as a template on which to base your flower paintings.
Next, learn how to paint flowers with acrylic when you get the basic techniques. Learn how to create a medium mix, use masking fluid, create textured backgrounds and more. Score a selection of drawing templates that you can enlarge and print, giving you a strong starting point as you practice these drawing exercises.
Floral Paintings: Draw Flowers With Simple Forms
Jan Kunz demonstrates specific flowers that you can draw and paint in an except from Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow. In a step-by-step demonstration, follow along with the flower painting tutorial and experiment with the techniques you’ve learned along the way. And last but not least, you’ll be able to view a selection of inspiring acrylic flower paintings that are accompanied with descriptions of the compositional shapes used to create them. All of these articles will help you paint beautiful flowers.
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Start painting flowers today! Take advantage of these free articles and excerpts from Drawing magazine, Fresh and Fabulous Flowers in Acrylic: 20 Garden-Fresh Floral Designs and Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow to help you learn how to paint flowers. Along with this free download, you’ll receive the ArtistsNetwork.com newsletter with flower painting techniques, inspiration and more!