beechwood pastel painting


Flower paintings developed from real flowers, it takes time to study the subject but the effort is worth the reward.
It also takes time to practice the brush skills necessary to feel confident.
If you are new to painting flowers, try small interesting flowers and ones that inspire you to try painting them.

To have success with flowers, take time to study the intricacies of them and practice your painting skills.

Amaryllis flowers living well

People often ask me where I get my inspiration from for painting flowers, well, you can see on this page both images of real flowers and the flower painting that can be developed from a photograph or life. The Amaryllis flower is a good subject for a step by step project. You can find the details of this flower painting using oil paint, by clicking the link - give it a try.

Amaryllis flower painted wet-on-wet

pink rose bud use for practice

When you are first practicing your brush strokes for flower painting using oils, start by doing small interesting buds and the like. Getting a likeness to the subject gives a boost of confidence and the learning stays with you. Practice painting all the elements individually before trying to put it together for a finished painting. Paint what interests you.
Rose bud on canvas.

simple painting of a pink rose bud


purple Clematis growing outside

A lovely purple Clematis growing up the side of our greenhouse, pictures like this can be turned into a much larger work.
This 20 by 16" painting was taught on a flower painting workshop, its quite a simple flower and a good subject to paint oil paint wet on wet. The background area was first wetted with Zest-it Clear Painting Medium tinted with yellow, a complimentary colour to purple.

purple clematis painted wet on wet with oil paint


white rose growing in situ

This photo is one my daughter took in our garden. The painting is with oil paint on watercolour paper, again painted wet on wet with just a few colours.
The 300 lb paper was primed with gelatine and allowed to dry.

white rose flower painted wet-on-wet in oils


hibscus flower

For demonstration paintings like this one, which was painted at an Art Society evening, you need to know your subject, know your tools and have practiced your brush skills. This oil painting is painted wet-on-wet on a 20 by 16" canvas.

hibscus flower painting in oils

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