Painting Sunflowers With A Creative Approach
In this lesson we’ll paint sunflowers. But, we’ll challenge ourselves by using an unusual color triad, some less familiar brushes and featuring design and drama over subject. It’s a fun lesson that will change your thinking, perspective and perhaps the way you approach your paintings.
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Painting Flowers In Watercolor
Flowers make great subjects for a watercolor painting! Their natural beauty is seductive and compelling. It draws us in and makes us want to paint every stem, leaf and petal. It’s often the way we approach sunflowers. Their friendly appearance and casual but complex arrangement of petals is almost too much to pass up.
In this lesson we will take a pass on the realism. Instead we’ll work toward a solid design based on positive and negative shapes. We’ll add to the challenge with an unusual color palette and limit ourselves to working with flat brushes.
It’ll be both challenging and enlightening!
Drawing Layout For Any Painting
One note on the drawing layout. The downloadable layouts are done with heavy lines to make it easy to see and copy onto your watercolor paper. It is best not to draw the lines too heavy on your paper, especially in the sky, since there is a good chance the lines will show through the paint. It’s not a deal-breaker, but those heavy pencil lines are sometimes a distraction.
What you’ll need
- Brushes – 1 1/2″ Flat, 1″ Flat, 1/4″ Flat
- Colors – Cadmium Red Light, Daniel Smith Quinacridone Deep Gold, WN Cerulean Blue, Pthalo Blue
- Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press cut to about 8″ x 6″ or so
Get ready, turn on the video and let’s jump in!