Painting Flowers: Floral Art

Of Bees and Backyards | Carolyn Lord Watercolor Landscapes

California artist Carolyn Lord streamlines her watercolor landscapes to the bare essentials—light, depth, shape and color—to create beckoning backyard havens. This process of simplification inevitably involves considerable editing as she lets details and distractions fall away. For example, in her garden paintings featuring bees, such as October Cosmos and Corm (below), she paints the insects as...

Master Disaster with Watercolor Painting Techniques

Are your watercolor paintings hanging on a wall proudly, or hidden under your bed or in a closet, not quite finished? Not sure how to take them to that final stage? You’re not alone. One of the biggest challenges facing watercolor artists of all levels, but especially for beginners, is how...

Flower Paintings in Acrylic

There are so many approaches and styles you can take to painting, and nowhere is that more evident when it comes to flowers. With so many species and so many ways to arrange them; whether they’re wild or carefully tended in a garden, there’s an infinite number of ways to paint...

Watercolor Art Lessons: How to Paint Flowers

My mother loves to give people flowers. We have dinner together often, and it’s all very spur of the moment, but every once in a while, she likes to observe a little formality of bringing a hostess gift in the form of flowers, even if it’s a simple bouquet from the grocery...

Pastel Paintings in Process | Mary Aslin

Different qualities of light inspire pastelist Mary Aslin, and they’re instrumental in evoking mood in her painting arrangements—particularly her floral still lifes. She prefers natural light, either from a window or by arranging her subject outdoors. Sometimes it’s the drama of warm, glowing sunlight, and other times it’s a cool, romantic, atmospheric...

Paint Flowers in Colored Pencil

How to Draw Flowers What is it about flowers that makes us want to draw and paint them over again? Well, there’s the color of course! Add in form and shape, and the fact that no two flowers are ever exactly alike, and you have an ideal subject for your paintings. And...

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Interview With Jimmy Wright: Turning Toward the Sun

Jimmy Wright's sunflower paintings can be found in an number of notable collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In this interview with The Artist's Magazine, he explains how, for 20 years, he continued to breathe new life into this iconic image.