Watercolor Floral Art
When I decided to create some still life artwork, my first thought was to create some decorative floral art. This would allow for a bit of variation in shape and color as the flowers sprawled in their setting. I also liked how watercolor technique and flowers seem to go well together, in my mind. So I attempted to see what I would accomplish when creating a variety of watercolor flower paintings.
Farmers’ Market Florist
My first stop in my floral journey was a farmers’ market open-air florist booth. I thought I would just wander around and take in the overall atmosphere and the numerous floral scents and colors. Initially I thought I would zero in on one particular group of flowers or another. That didn’t happen.
I became enthralled with the crowds, activity and the whole market energy. My thoughts were a blur of colors, sounds, aromas, movement and textures. I decided to capture this as my first floral art. You could call it abstract floral art in the sense that I wanted to express color more than detail.
It was an interesting exercise to smear floral colors within the image. It reminded me of the blending of sounds in the Saturday morning market.
Watercolor Floral Art – Miniature Sunflowers
So much for distractions. Now was the time to focus on a particular flower and create my first watercolor flower painting. While meandering through the market grounds, I found an interesting display of miniature sunflowers. They seemed a bit chaotic and haphazard. I found this an interesting twist from the usual impeccably thought out floral arrangements.
I found this disharmony refreshing. This allowed me to approach the subject a little looser, visually, to match the perceived chaos. The flowers looked like they were staring in all directions, some alert, some fatigued. Just like a crowd of people.
Decorative Art Prints – Dutch Treat
While continuing to explore floral still life art, I encountered a young lady who was in the process of planning her wedding. She had decided on a tulip theme for her bridal flowers and invitations. She asked if I would be interested in illustrating her various print invitations and thank you notes. This gave me a chance to get floral again. We agreed on red tulips and I set out to create some decorative floral tulip art for her special occasion.
This time, I decided a more refined approach would be better. The help of a florist in staging the tulip bouquet allowed me to show off the flowers in their best light. Working with a client was interesting because it forced me to focus on a specific idea and visual approach and to create artwork that would translate well into print. This also gave the bride-to-be a chance to have a large print of the artwork to frame as a keepsake.
Sunbathing on the Windowsill
Flowers can imbue a different emotion when seen in various contexts. While visiting an old farm house, I went through the back porch which housed a gravity-fed well, as well as a number of flower pots on the windowsill. The flowers reminded me of cats soaking up the sun and heat on a sun swept ledge. The flowers looked like they were staring out the window and perhaps yearning to join the plants on the other side of the window panes.
The dark interior of the porch contrasted with the bright exterior and back lit the leaves and petals. The leaves and petals seemed almost translucent. I felt the mood created was almost melancholy and a bit pensive.
Floral Art – Sensory and Moody
As I explored floral still life as a means of artistic expression, I was surprised to see a lot more visual expressiveness than I originally anticipated. I originally wanted to create a floral scene and get it out of my system. Now I realized that the floral art approaches are innumerable, both in mood and expression. Perhaps it’s time for me to continue exploring this subject for a while longer.