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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Traditional Flower Study

Acrylic on paper
5 inches square

Ok, I have a confession to make.... *looks around to see if anyone is eavesdropping, then leans closer to you and whispers*   I'm not a flower person.  I think I've told you this before. I've only painted a couple of flowers before.  Still I needed to do 'em for the mural.  So I played around with traditional style painting... layering of colors and washes and stuff.  It works... and here's my proof that I did try it.  I even sketched an outline to give me an idea of where I was putting the flowers.

Well that was too much for me.  Too slow, too... controlled.  So when I got out there I just loaded multiple colors on the brush and put it on the wall in flowerish shapes.  It worked and I liked that a LOT better!  Oh yeah and it was fun!!  I looked it up and someone has a name for what I'm doing and it's called One Stroke painting.  Huh... there goes my million dollar idea... turns out someone else had it first.

Anyway... I'll share some of my one stroke attempts with you in the next few weeks, if you promise not to laugh!  Well, ok,  you can laugh if you want to.

Thanks for looking!


  1. I have a couple suggestions, if you are willing to hear them.

  2. This works particularly well for very spread out and detailed work (like flowers, skeletons, still life) but if anything add a slight background. For flower works, it makes it pop much more and helps to point to the focal point.

    Secondly, most flowers are easiest when the face is focused (from the top or at an angle), that and it shows the detail of the petals.

    It's kind of like learning Ikebana(flower arrangement).


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