Tag: How To Draw Flowers

Still life by Sherrie McGraw

Centerfold Models Don’t Come Along Every Day

The number one strategy for still life painting and drawing that professional artists have recommended to me or have explained to art students within my hearing (yes, I’m a major eavesdropper) is that you should not settle for the first object that comes along. The object you choose trumps all. And that means not just…

Red and White Roses by Stephanie Birdsall, pastel floral drawing, 16 x 22.

How to Draw Flowers

Taking a sketchbook out into nature to create a flower drawing can be as helpful as any studio session. Studying the organic forms of a flower as they occur in nature allows artists to sharpen their skills with gesture, color, and light and shadow. And, arguably, the shape and “design” of a flower or budding…

Drawing to Remind Me of Where I’ve Been

I’ve always thought of art as a bit of a touchstone for really great memories in life. A few months ago I was reminded of this when I went for a visit to Scotland because, while I have snapshots galore to show for my trip, the one item that really prompts my memories of my…

I Hate to Say It, But Geometry Helps

Another slice of my personal humble pie is the fact that I'm pretty bad at math in general and downright horrible at geometry in particular. You'd never ever find me trying to use these skills when making art–or so I thought. But when I was gleaning tips from watercolor artist Law Wai Hin on how…

Finding the Warms and Cools of White

Painting flowers is sometimes a study in the subtlety of color, as in Ann's flower oil painting, Philadelphus III (oil, 12 x 16). Painting large flower portraits has given me the opportunity to explore what seem to be the nearly infinite shades and tints of the color white. Just visiting the paint counter at the…