Paint Watercolor Flowers of Every Kind

Thai artist Adisorn Pornsirikarn is famous for his watercolor flowers. He shares his top tips on how to paint blooms and bouquets that are pure attention-getters

Watercolor flowers: Peony by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 21½ x29½)
Peony by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 21½ x29½)

Artist Adisorn Pornsirikarn paints and posts watercolor flowers daily on his Facebook page from his home and studio in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s a floral extravaganza and his viewers love it. They consistently comment and exclaim over his fields and bouquets of delicate, moisture-laden flower petals against abstract backgrounds.

Pornsirikarn commands in the watercolor medium. He is praised for his ability to establish the connection between light and shadow found among flowers and leave and the sparkling light that shines on petals. His bold brushstrokes and softened edges are lauded, as well as the remarkable drama that plays within the negative areas.

Adisorn Pornsirikarn’s work is gorgeously featured in the latest Watercolor Artist magazine. Get your copy now to discover how this rising star in the watercolor world uses the medium to awaken viewers’ senses, along with his tips on painting your best work yet.

If you are already inspired to paint watercolor blooms, be sure that you’ve got the basics covered for beautiful florals. Paint Watercolor Flowers eBook: A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide is where to start!

Watercolor flower: Sunflower by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 20x14¼ )
Sunflower by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 20 x 14¼)

Work Without a Drawing

Pornsirikarn turns to soft pastels for preliminary studies. He foregoes sketching his subject on the watercolor surface, however. “Pencil lines handcuff my creativity, so I choose to be very clear with my preliminary visual design of a finished painting.”

Going without a drawing gives the artist freedom to play and keeps the surface very clean and dewy-looking, almost as if moisture lingers on the paper surface.

Plan for the Light

Pornsirikarn advises planning ahead. Know where the light will be preserved before you begin. He never, never tries to rub off any specific area to create light or to bring back the whiteness of the paper.

Pornsirikarn also never adds white paint to his works. All the white you see on his surface is the reserved sections of paper the artist keeps clear of color.

Watercolor flowers: Blooming by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 20x14¼)
Blooming by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 20×14¼)

Brushstrokes Don’t Have to Be Visible

Pornsirikarn does not focus on making his strokes visible. He uses simple brushstrokes to depict the complexity of the petals, yet retain the medium’s transparent quality.

Pornsirikarn uses angular brushes of various sizes for creating petals and negative areas and encourages his students to do the same. “These types of brushes are good for creating featherlight effects of petals and leaves,” he says. “The tip can draw expressive stems and branches.”

Watercolor flowers: Cherry Blossoms, No. 2 by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 18x24)
Cherry Blossoms, No. 2 by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 18×24)

He also recommends a good rigger brush for dragging long lines across the paper. Pornsirikarn believes in new challenges and ongoing development. “My work is a response to the movement of my brushstrokes, both intentional and incidental,” he says.

He works wet-into-wet, wet-on-dry, dry-on-dry and dry-on-wet. Pornsirikarn says he feels “triumphant” when the wet brush addresses problems that occur during the painting process.

Watercolor flower: Hydrangea by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 20x14¼)
Hydrangea by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 20×14¼ )

Paint on the Edge

“People always say I work the edges,” says the artist. “True enough, when my movement, brushstrokes and concentration are swift and direct, I shift between drawing and painting with a wet brush. I make quick decisions.”

Watercolor flowers: Peony by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 21½ x29½ )
Peony by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 21½ x29½ )

Have a Favorite Color

Pornsirikarn enjoys using bright, intense colors when painting tropical blooms and “charging at my favorite English roses.” Holbein and Schmincke watercolors are his go-to paints, and quinacridone scarlet (cherry red) is his favorite color.

He prefers to let the paper dry naturally, as the power of the water mixing with the paint creates luminous intensity. The moisture appears pervasive, even when the surface is completely dry.

Watercolor flowers: Waterlily by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 18x24)
Waterlily by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 18×24)

Work Daily

Pornsirikarn paints daily during his art instruction classes. When he’s not teaching, he maintains a strict discipline of painting at home from sunrise to sundown.

Set Goals

Pornsirikarn’s greatest wish is to see the Asian watercolor tradition reach new heights. “I dream of creating a harmonious relationship toward all beings and better still, the universe. Art creates and enhances a harmonious world.”

Meet Adisorn Pornsirikarn

Adisorn Pornsirikarn is a native of Buriram, a northeastern province in Thailand. He earned his master’s degree in art education from Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok and is a sought-after art instructor in the private and public sector.

He’s also a celebrated artist, invited by Thailand’s government to demonstrate his painting process at Thai embassies around the world. Pornsirikarn currently resides in Bangkok. Follow the artist on Instagram and Facebook.

Want more from Adisorn Pornsirikarn? Check out his gorgeously pink Roses in Bloom Painting Demo.

Final Blooming English Roses by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 29½x21½)
Final Blooming English Roses by Adisorn Pornsirikarn (watercolor on paper, 29½x21½)

More Watercolor Flowers?

Want to start making your own beautiful watercolor blooms? Paint Watercolor Flowers eBook: A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide is the way! Start here to get get all the basics so that you can paint any and all the flowers you love!

Plus! Enjoy this demo from one of the most popular watercolor instructors out there — Jean Haines. You’ll see gorgeous bluebonnets appear at her hand. Keep your art supplies at the ready and paint alongside Jean. Enjoy!

Article by Isabelle V. Lim. An artist and writer based in Hong Kong, Lim (isabelleart.com) has painted in watercolor since childhood and has held numerous watercolor exhibitions. She also works in pastel, and is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America, a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies and Maître Pastelliste of the Société des Pastellistes de France.

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