Although, flower paintings are often not taken too seriously, they are a great subject to limber up with and making them look natural is something of a challenge. As they have an obvious natural beauty, and wonderful depths of tone and colour, the task is to convey this within the limited range that the materials have to offer. Their ephemeral quality and tendency to sag after a day or two makes it essential to capture their qualities in one sitting. I like to paint them 20″ x 24″ and getting paint on fast involves concentration and usually a fair amount of collateral damage to the surroundings they are painted it. No time to clean up as one goes a long. No time to put lids on paint and when the palette gets full you simply drop it and pick up another.
Author: Alan Lancasterhttp://alanlancaster.co.uk
Alan Lancaster is a London based Plein air landscape artist.