5 Unique Ways to Make a Floral Painting

So Many Ways of Painting Flowers!

Spring is in the air and that means a return to one of our favorite subject matters–floral painting. When I started writing I thought I might have trouble settling on just five unique looks for painting flowers–and I was right. That’s because every artist paints flowers differently. Whether in color or composition or medium, each painting I found had something unique to offer, which means you can do no wrong with this genre! So celebrate Spring with a flower bud or two–and leave a comment letting me know what other ways of painting flowers you have explored.

If you are looking to explore floral paintings in watercolor, look no further than lauded artist Soon Warren’s eBook, Painting Vibrant Flowers. Learn to paint watercolors that capture the beauty and personality of all your favorite brilliant blooms—and achieve color more vivid than you ever dreamed possible with watercolor!  Enjoy!

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Floral painting: White Roses in a Vase 1906 Victoria Dubourg Fantin-Latour, floral painting.
White Roses in a Vase by Victoria Dubourg Fantin-Latour is all about subtle, calm color. There is a feel of stateliness and serenity that has everything to do with the narrow color palette and the artist’s ability to make neutrals appear incredibly lush.
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My Orange Summer Day by SOLOMOON, oil painting. This floral painting’s energy comes not from the color of the flowers, but from the vibrancy of the background. The thin paint strokes of the flower petals merely act as a veil over that corona of warm “sun.” Try exploring bold backgrounds and see where it takes you.
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This watercolor floral painting by Jan Schafir does justice to the pooling beauty of its medium. Think about playing with the idea of “forms” as Jan does here, where foreground and background, object and light, all seem to take on substance and form. Each given equal weight by the artist.
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This pink floral still life by Lavery Art was the result of a daily painting project. For me, the takeaway is use one brush and stick with it–allow the rhythm of your strokes and marks to unify the work, from background to surface to every single petal you choose to depict. Stick with one brush and really put it to work!
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Whitney Tomlin’s Floral Fruition gives visual truth to the idea that a contour line is a powerful thing. Instead of petal, petal, petal, Whitney brought her flowers to life by outlining an iconic tulip and building up texture with molding paste and oil pastels over acrylic.

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

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