Floral Assortment – Flower Series No. 30!

Hey, guess what?! I made it to day 30! It’s so awesome. I thought I’d get bored of painting flowers for 30 days, but my motivation only waned a couple times. I’ve definitely learned a lot in this challenge. Probably the biggest take-away is that I  can do things when I set my mind to it. I finished a 30 day challenge, guys! (Okay, should I quit mentioning it? I’m just surprised, honestly.)

For the final piece, I wanted to combine most (if not all) the types of flowers into one single painting, which I did. I opted to use gouache, since of late I’ve been quite in love with it. Really. (Thanks Anna Bond for giving the inspiration!)

What was your favorite post? Or what flower in today’s post is your favorite? Comment below!

Now my busy social life (hah!) demands I go interact with people, so I’m signing off!

A great weekend to y’all! Thanks for visiting my blog! (I really should thank you more often. Really.)

Peony – Flower Series No. 16

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The reference picture for this painting was from Pinterest, so I’m kinda questioning if it is, indeed, a peony. But it is pretty nonetheless 🙂

The image is kinda faded and dark, but when you’re on vacation, those things don’t matter as much!

Roses – Flower Series No. 15

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Roses are such a delicate and difficult flower to paint. I’m not overly fond of this flower but I do acknowledge its widespread appeal and status as a classic in the field of romance. For some reason it puts me off, and I don’t know why. But that doesn’t matter.

What matters is I’m halfway through this Flower Series challenge (of sorts) and I haven’t missed a day! It feels good.

Hopefully I can keep it up 🙂

Daffodils – Flower Series No. 13

Another flower essential to spring that I’ve been hinting about…daffodils 🙂

I’ve seen some daffodils popping up around town, especially by work. They’re just about to bloom, which is quite weird since there is still snow covering the ground in some spots.

Just a recent discovery: three things I love blogging about are 1) flowers/plants, 2) painting 3) the weather. Kinda sounds like the British, right?

Magnolias #2 – Flower Series No. 12

Here is the magnolia re-do! It’s completely different from the original magnolias done on white paper. I used gouache paint for these flowers and painted them on this periwinkle blue paper. It’s so interesting to use colored paper and opaque paint. The process for painting is so different. I’ve likely said this before, but painting from dark to light is so unnatural to me after using watercolor paints for so long. I kept wanting to water the gouache paint down to the point it would become watercolor, but I think I succeeded fairly well on this one–for my first time 😉

Floral Bunch – Rifle Paper Co Inspired – Flower Series No. 9

A friend of mine is getting married, and that is always a good excuse to paint some cards! These florals are largely based on some of Anna Bond’s (Rifle Paper Co) illustrations. Anna’s work is so whimsical and refreshing. Her combination of her simple, childlike illustrations and grown-up stationery goods makes for an interesting product!

P.S.

I received a comment on my Magnolias post from Jmnowak on how I don’t have to justify my tastes. Good advice! I’m forever trying to explain myself, and frankly, it can be exhausting. She also mentioned painting white flowers on a darker background, and while these flowers are not white, I think it’s a step in that direction!