My flower garden of art
As a smalI child I followed my grandmother around while she tended her gardens, exotic flowers, common flowers, and vegetables for the table, she loved them all. Now I tend my flowers and I’m inspired to paint them. Flowers of Florida, America, and the world. I'm back in Florida, I choose the flowers growing here as my subjects. Magnolias, camellias, grapefruit blossoms, bromeliads, wisteria, lilies, and others. Their colors like their aromas are heavenly, various shades of creamy whites, yellows, pinks, lavenders, reds and greens. The sun filtering down through leaves and branches reveals vibrant colors and mesmerizing abstract patterns. Reflections of light come through as circles dancing throughout the scene. Using oil paints, acrylics, watercolors, or pastels, I layer the different colors and tones to achieve luminosity, translucence, and depth. Many of my floral paintings are available as Archival fine art prints in various sizes.
Helen S. Ashmead
Painting flowers in oils allows me to layer glazes and doing so gives luminosity and depth. The down side, of course, is waiting for each layer to dry. These flowerscapes, as I prefer to call my paintings of flowers in their natural environment, take months to complete.
Painting flowers in acrylics is fun and very forgiving, once you get used to the rapid drying time. Thank goodness for the Golden brand and their "open" series.
Painting flowers in watercolor is a real treat, as well as a challenge. Watercolor is not as forgiving as oil or acrylic, but flowing the pigment on paper is mesmerizing and rewarding. That is, if you get it right.