I love to paint flowers!
I have to admit I don't like to spend a lot of time planning and drawing and figuring out ahead of time what I am going to paint.
This painting is an example of that!
I was inspired by a painting I saw at a local craft store and wanted to see if I could paint something similar.
This is how my painting started out!
Lots of blobs of bright colors.
I used bright acrylic paints on canvas placing
various shapes across the canvas.
As I looked at those blobs I started to add to the shapes that looked a bit like flowers. I added cool and warm colors to the flowers keeping them loose and fun.
Once I had added a bunch of color I took out some tracing paper and imagined where I could see stems, flowers, leaves and drew them on the tracing paper over the painting.
Using the tracing paper allows me to experiment with the shapes and composition.
I then use a piece of chalk to draw on the shapes, stems, leaves and flowers. I simply wipe off the chalk and redraw a shape if I think it isn't working with the other shapes around it.
Once I have all my chalk lines I used a lighter teal/white to paint the negative shapes and carve out the shapes of the flowers and leaves.
This image shows in progress painting those negative shapes.
The final painting!
After I finished the lighter teal background color I did go into some of the flowers and added some warm and cool notes to help shape the flowers a bit.
Some of the flowers and shapes I left very abstract and others added a bit more detail.
It's hard to know when to stop....I didn't want to fuss too much...so have left it here.
I will hang it on the wall and look at it throughout the day to see if anything stands out or seems to be needed.
What fun to discover this garden of wild flowers!