Flower paintings have powerful language of color, shape and movement. In my case, I love using pastel because of its immediacy and richness of color. With pastel, I am allowed to work quickly and capture the movement and light on a specific flower. Try also taking picture of flowers like what I always do. It allows me to grow my flower painting with overlaying veils of color at more considered pace.
I know most of us have our own favorite flower and some even plant them in their garden, but them at he florist, or even give them as a bouquet to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or a way for saying “get well soon”. Unfortunately, most blooms have a short lifespan. That’s why I learned to captured their beauty to preserve it forever. Why not try it to your favorite flower too?
Just to inform you, flower painting has a wonderful background. To document huge numbers of flowers and plants, botanical art is being used. Preserving its beauty is a very satisfying experience. Though flower photographs can do the same, painting flowers has an additional pleasure of carefully examining the curves and colors of each petal, stamen, stem, leaf. Try to observe the way that light catches the flower and use it to add some 3d look on your paper. Painting flowers will let you know them very well.
If you want to start your painting right away, I recommend you start it by using your favorite flower as your subject. By using it, you will be motivated to try again to do it well. Your emotions have a better chance to transfer in to your painting. Don’t get depress if your attempts are not perfect just don’t give up and keep in mind that every time you try you become more familiar with its shapes. Then you will find it much easier to paint and you will notice more about the shade of color as well as the way light can affect it.
There are several helpful techniques that you can use to learn flower painting. Many art books are available in the market that would give you excellent tips in flower painting. However, be cautious not to copy another artist’s technique. I suggest use those techniques all together and do some experimentations for you to come up with a new one.
Try do create using different tools. Enjoy what you are doing and never stop trying. Remember practice makes perfect! By doing some more attempts, you will be surprise that you are getting more improvements. In my flower painting, I use pastels both soft powdery ones and the deliciously oily variety. I love using them because of their beautiful range of hues that varies from pale to vibrant one. I can also extend this even further by overlaying thin veils of color, letting the underneath ones to sing through. You could also try using watercolor. This is the favorite color tool of flower painters and botanical artists and for good reason.
You might also want to get an idea on how to create abstract paintings. To help you with, you may want to refer on my article about “how to create an abstract art”. It will surely be a great help for you to come up with an abstract panting you desire.