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Expressive Flower Painting: Simple Mixed Media Techniques for Bold Beautiful Blooms Paperback – August 8, 2017
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Tips and tricks on preparing your studio - and yourself - for an art adventure
What if there were absolutely NO limitations, time restraints, worries, or shortages of resources in any way? This is the brainstorming game we call 'Blue Skying'. Blue Skying is a marvelous way to grow your dreams. Take about fifteen minutes and a sketchbook and start to crack open lists of possibilities. Be as wild as you can on whatever topic gets you excited. What would your perfect art studio look like? Dream wide, dream tall, dream big! Your world is brimming with ways to make things happen for you and putting it down on paper is not only a great joy, but an important step in turning these things into reality.
Simple studio solutions - clip lights
A light source is important to help you see the forms of your flowers while painting and drawing. If your studio space doesn’t get natural light and a table lamp or a standing lamp won’t fit your needs, invest in a small clip lamp from the craft or hardware store. One of my favorite solutions, these types of lamps are lightweight and easy to position to illuminate your beautiful blooms.
Arranging blooms for drawing and painting
Use vases and vessels in different shapes and sizes. A vertical painting may be best done using a vertical vase. A decorative pattern on a pot may inspire your painting. Consider using a glass vase so that you can see the stems and the reflections of the water, as they make incredible design elements. I often have several fresh arrangements in my studio at one time. I glance at all of them, borrowing a few ideas from each if I need to fill in my painting. Abundance! Always.
You can paint a sunflower with just three colors.
- Practice painting one single flower at a time.
- Sketch with charcoal a simple map of your sunflower form.
- Squint your eyes and look for a long time before you paint.
- When you are ready and have the form in your mind, paint quickly.
- Play with thick and thin paint.
- Practice a variety of brushstrokes.
- Drips happen. Go with it.
- Paint several flowers from different angles to see the way the form changes.
Project: one simple sunflower
Start by toning your gessoed canvas with medium blue-gray. Next mix up a bright, light yellow for your light side, a middle-range darker yellow for your shadow side, and a dark for the center of your sunnie. Look for your brightest bright and put it in. Next, decide where your shadow side is and finally put in your darkest dark. Work fast, and don’t worry if it looks like a flower; your goal is to describe a form. When you stand back from your canvas, you will be able to see a sunflower. You can build on top with more nuance, line work, and brush work later, but getting the basic shorthand of shapes will keep you moving quickly and in the moment. Feel free to practice the three-color approach on some of your other favorite flowers.
About the Author
Lynn Whipple was born and raised in beautiful Winter Park, Florida, where she spent most of her time outdoors, climbing trees, making things with her hands, and collecting odd bits from nature. Surrounded by books, art, and music it seemed logical that she would grow up to be an artist, just like her mother and beloved grandfather. Lynn, after a seven-year stint as an art director, prop master, and set decorator for Nickelodeon Studios, has been a full time professional artist for the past 24 years. Lynn resides in Winter Park, Florida and shares studio space with her husband, artist John Whipple. They create art along side 25 other artist in a shared warehouse space called McRae Art Studios, which was founded by the Whipple family in 1987.
Lynn's work has been featured in over a 20 art books, numerous magazines, newspapers, and on dozens of blogs. Lynn's work has won many awards over the years as she travels nationally to show her work at juried art shows, galleries, and museums. She is recipient of two Individual Artist Fellowship Grants from the State of Florida Department of Cultural affairs, one in 2001 and one in 2005, as well as a Central Florida Individual Artist Development Grant in 2011. Lynn divides her time between making original artwork and teaching workshops both online and in person. Please visit her website at www.lynnwhipple.com
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