All About Painting Flowers in Acrylics, Watercolor & Oil

Flower paintings

Floral painting is a significant part of the still life painting genre. Many of the greatest artists throughout history have pursued painting flowers at one time or another, whether as a mainstay of their oeuvre or a departure from their usual studio pursuits. For many artists, learning how to paint flowers is a way to perfect their artistic abilities when it comes to compositional arrangement, color choice, and level of detail without the pressures of working from a human model.

For more inspiration, browse North Light Shop’s floral painting books and downloads.


How to paint flowers with acrylics

painting flowers
A floral painting by Ann Trusty.

Acrylic flower painting is a wonderful medium with which to begin the genre, because it’s more predictable than watercolors, but more flexible than floral oil paintings. You can use acrylics to create either smooth finishes or ones with impasto, as well as either matte or shiny finishes.

How to paint flowers in oil

Although watercolor is often chosen for floral paintings, oil painting flowers can be a better option if you’re not confident in your skills or if you’re not sure exactly how you want the image to look when you begin it. With oils, you can go over the image if you find it unsatisfactory. However, with watercolors, you must plan ahead.

For inspiration, download Painting Flowers with Oil, Watercolor, Pastel and Colored Pencil for $2.99.


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Courtney Jordan

About Courtney Jordan

  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.