Welcome to my blog.
I am happy that you are visiting because this is my very first blog post. I was not sure about what to blog for the very first time. Since I have been collecting real wild flowers and in the middle of painting one right now - I thought this would be a good subject to write.
Painting out of a real flowers is so much better because you get to see the small details on the flower that painting out of a picture could not otherwise. Unless it was taken from a professional camera. It trains you to be a better artist since there are so many information in one flower that you can see and paint. It can be the texture of the petals, the real colors of the petals, the structure of the flower, etc.
So if you have not done it please try it. It is so much better than painting out of a picture. I guarantee that you will like it.
Buying fresh flowers can be costly. So the other alternative is to go out and hunt for them in the wild around your area. While going out and about - look for these flowers on the side of the street or even in an open land that belongs to no one. You might find some interesting plants or wild flowers there.
Bring an empty water bottles in the car along with some granulated sugar. Sugar will keep the flower fresh. I have 3 empty bottle waters and sugar in a plastic bag in a trunk of my car. It is even better when the bottle has water in it but you can always find water in a gas station. Gas station always has water hose that you can fill the bottle with water. I have learned that when picked flowers and just put them somewhere in the car without water, they get wilted easily. So always have bottle water with you.
Once you got home - change the water and put the flowers in a small vase with some sugar too.
Paint them immediately. Put a stem of flower with it leaves in a very small opening vase. The small opening helps to let the flower stand up without it change position. I usually do a pencil sketching of the entire flower with the leaves and the stem then I paint. Play around with the flower's position in the vase until you get a good composition you like. Sometimes the flower will not stay still like you wanted it to be. So take a piece of paper towel and put it inside the opening behind the stem to let it stay still.
Look at the flower carefully and plan the colors accordingly. It is better to create a color swatches first. I usually paint the flower, the stem then the leaves being the very last. Try to see all colors of flower then organize your color palette. Flower petals has many colors in them.
Ideally is always better to paint real flower during the day with a good day light as a light source. But when painting at night, you can use a good day light like incandescent or CFL light (here) they are just as good as day light.
So next time when you take a long drive - go look at the window and when spotted a pretty flowers ask your boyfriend, parents or husband to stop and fill that bottle water with pretty flowers.
Thank you so much for stopping by.