I certainly know there have been times when I wasn't as excited as I am now about painting flowers because I didn't know what it was capable of teaching me. But floral paintings are not just exercises in how to paint a rose. There is so much more! And when I put my own take and personality into it, it allowed me to explore my art on my own terms. It gave me the freedom to
experiment un-self-consciously, and I was able to work on painting essentials like form, light, and color that I can carry with me to all the other paintings I'll ever create.
From a sensitivity to color combinations to gaining confidence in the way I put down brushstrokes by mimicking the organic forms of flower buds, stems, leaves and more, I've really grown as a student of art through painting flowers. Most of all, I've discovered how creating a really interesting flower oil painting composition has made me attuned to composing
scenes almost instinctively, which is progress for me! The more I paint without thinking the process to death, the freer my work looks.
In our latest eBook, How to Paint Flowers with Acrylics & Oil & Watercolor: Free Art Lessons. Artist and writer James Sulkowski starts off analyzing his own floral paintings in terms of their compositional arrangements and forms. Sulkowski gave me such solid instruction and really interesting tips for identifying unique compositions, and it has allowed me to start painting with more confidence and surety--and those aren't feelings I often have about my work.
Then there are chapters of watercolor painting lessons for floral paintings from Jan Kunz and acrylic floral painting lessons with Laura Paillex. With so much great art instruction, I'm especially glad to share How to Paint Flowers with Acrylics & Oil & Watercolor: Free Art Lessons with you. Download your free copy now!