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Intuitive Painting #1 - Vintage Flowers

Flowers are something I feel like I've always struggled with. I've used the excuse "I'm just not good at painting flowers" more times than I can count. But whenever I hear that excuse from other people, my response is always the same; "practice painting it and you'll get better at it!" I don't want to be that person who never follows their own advice, so I've been working on painting flowers more!

These flowers were an exercise in letting things happen. Rather than forcing the flowers to be something or fighting to get the details just right, I let my intuition guide me. If a petal suggested to me that it was folded over, I followed it down that path rather than trying to force it to be something else. I find that there's so much joy in painting that way. It's like solving a little mystery as you create something that hasn't existed until this moment. It's really quite thrilling!

Now, since this was a little practice painting, I feel good about noticing things I could do better. When I go to paint flowers again, I'll take those lessons with me. My main critique is that I want to focus on creating petals that are ever so slightly more distinct. I don't mean I want to spell it all out, but, for example, in the center of the main flower, I feel like I could have taken the time to create just one or two more specific petals, and that would make the center of the flower read a little bit more like a flower.

Other than that, I'm quite happy with it because it shows progress. No longer can I say that I don't paint flowers well. Instead, I can say that I'm making progress and developing my floral style. Doesn't that sound so much better?!

Ready to get started on your own flower painting? Check out the materials list and video below. Amazon links are affiliate links. That means that if you make a purchase, I might earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps me continue to bring you free painting videos! Yay!



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Lyn Paunovic
Lyn Paunovic
May 02, 2021

Hi Jane, I have just watched this tutorial. I love the colours you used but I would like to create a painting like this for my sister in law who loves red. I would like to do it in shades of red but I don't want to make pink for the lighter colours. Should I start of with a burgandy first then slowly apply bring a red tones? I loved this lesson as it helped me decide on what kind of painting I can do for my sister in law. Many thanks for your help and advice. This will be my second Jane painting.


These flowers have an OKeefe vibe to them. I will definitely being trying these techniques! Thanks so much Jane!


Loved it. You make it look so easy. Just started to paint at the young age of seventy. I find your artwork lovely and your instruction on technique helps me to paint and want to continue. Thank you Jane.


Olives Gal
Olives Gal
Nov 03, 2020

I have trouble painting flowers but I keep trying. For me, I think it's because petals are translucent and so there are a lot of different shades in order to capture the light and shadow. I find it overwhelming and I end up not being able to see the full picture through the shapes, if that makes sense.

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