Notes on Becoming an Artist of Flower Oil Paintings

Getting Started as an Artist of Flower Oil Paintings

Getting started as a floral artist is easier than you know. All it takes is the desire to paint. The first thing you will need to do is enroll in some art classes that teach painting. It can be either oil or watercolor. It might take a little bit of searching to find a class but it will be worth it. Taking a painting class offers many benefits.

The first being instruction in the “how to” of flower painting. You will have the advantage of being tutored by an experienced artist or multiple artists who can help you as your painting of flowers develops. The instructor can help you select the objects of your flower still life, arrange the set up and also develop the composition that is most pleasing. As you are working on your masterpiece, an instructor can offer suggestions on how to handle problem areas in the painting and also help you figure out how to paint other areas in it.


Red Rose paintingTyler Rose
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
16″ x 12″
Oils on stretched canvas

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Another advantage of taking an art class are the students. They can offer camaraderie, give ideas, and also give feed back. Every artist needs this feed back as it gives them an idea of where they are in their skill level. Knowing this bit of information is important when you are ready to sell your paintings.

Starting Your Oil Painting of Flowers

To get your flower oil painting started you will first need to set up your flower arrangement in a still life setting. This entails first selecting the flowers you wish to put into your painting. If you take a walk through your yard, neighborhood or local park, you will likely find a lot of flowers, providing it is the time of year when flowers are in bloom. Be sure to take your camera with you and snap a photograph of them to use as resource material.

You could also purchase some flowers at your local supermarket or flower shop. The only problem with these is they will probably wilt and even die before your painting is finished. Therefore I suggest you photograph your arrangement once your floral still life is the way you like it. That way when your flowers fade you still have the photograph to use as reference material to finish your painting.

For more information on using reference photos of flowers see articles titled “Using Photographs As Reference Material to Paint Flower Oil Paintings” and “Flower Oil Paintings From Reference Photos“.

As part of your setting you may want to consider putting your flowers in a beautiful vase, add drapery and some other elements that hold special meaning for you. All of these added elements will complement your flower arrangement and make your painting one that you will enjoy for years.

Sources of Props for Your Flower Still Life

If you looking for unique and unusual items to include in your flower still life paintings, then there are a number of places you can rummage through to find props for your art. The first most obvious place is to look around your own home. Check your attic, basement, garage, and closets too. Anywhere you might store items you want to keep but don’t necessarily want to put on display for one reason or the other. Family heirlooms are usually hidden away in these places. These items make can great props for your paintings as they will bring back fond memories for family members who view your painting.


rose flower paintingYellow Rose of Texas
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
18″ x 18″
Oils on stretched canvas

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Another place to look is local antique shops, garage sales and flea markets. You can find great props to include your flower still life paintings. Then once you are done using the prop you can display it in your home as part of the décor if you like.

Getting Discovered as a Floral Artist

If as a floral artist, you’re waiting around to “get discovered”, you just might be waiting for a long, long time. Getting discovered doesn’t happen at the drop of a hat. Few artists are fortunate enough to be “found” and thus acquire fame. Most artists have to work to make that happen. Here are a few ways to get your art in front of the public.

  • Display your art in local businesses and establishments.
  • Enter your works of art in local and county art shows.
  • Get a local gallery to show your art and have a private showing of your work.
  • Have your own private showing and invite the public to come.

For more information on how to sell your artwork, see article titled “Ways to Market Your Art“.


From Flower Gardens to Flower Paintings

Paintings of Flowers

magnolia blossom flower artMany individuals enjoy flower gardens in their yards filled with their favorite flowers. They enjoy bringing those flowers indoors and making arrangements from them to display in their homes. Flowers have a way of brightening up a room, making it more inviting and enjoyable to be in. Unfortunately, most blossoms fade away in just a few days. Aside from resorting to dried or artificial flowers, a good way to preserve the beauty of flowers in your home is via flower oil paintings. This is an ideal situation because floral art will become part of your interior décor that will adorn the walls of your home for a long time. With flower paintings you can enjoy the beauty and essence of flowers year round and unlike fresh flowers, these will never fade. A painting with flowers will forever preserve the essence and beauty of them for others to enjoy for a lifetime. Artists will often capture their favorite flowers in a wall art by carefully observing the light and shadows, shapes and form of the blossoms. There are three ways to capture the beauty of flowers in a painting. These are:

  1. Still life flower arrangement with a vase and other elements. This type of still life is great for formal dining area, living room, or bedroom. Just about any room where a formal atmosphere is desired.
  2. Natural landscape setting where flowers naturally grow in a garden or open field. Flowers make beautiful landscape paintings.
  3. Extreme close-up of the blossom in an expanded point of view. This type of composition gives the impression of the flower being looked at under a microscope.

up close rose flower paintingYellow Rose of Texas
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
18″ x 18″
Oils on stretched canvas

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Favorite Flowers for Floral Wall Art

The most popular flowers used in compositions of floral wall art are roses, orchids, lilies and wildflowers.

  • Roses are painted more than any other flower because they can be symbolic of love and romance. There are also many varieties of colors that make them an easy fit for any color scheme.
  • Orchids are another favorite subject for artists to paint. They are so mysterious because no one knows just how many varieties of orchids actually exist. Orchids also have a such a large following that it was only natural that oil painters would choose them to be the subject of their many paintings.
  • Another popular flower is the lily because of it has such a big beautiful bloom that comes in a variety of colors.
  • Wildflowers are favored for their brilliance in the wilderness. There are many colors and shapes. Two favorite types of wildflower popular among Texas artists are the Texas Bluebonnet and Indian Paint Brush. Contrasting colors of wildflowers in the same setting makes for great art.
  • Other popular flowers in art include daisiestulips and magnolias.

Flowers bring joy, beauty and symbolism to our environment, as such it is no mystery that flower paintings continue to be a popular décor for homes and businesses.

Be sure to visit this collection of flower oil paintings for sale.

Additional Reading

Floral Canvas Art in Your Home

For the Love of Flower Oil Paintings


Flower Art Through The Ages

Flower Art In History

Since the dawn of time flowers have been admired by man for their beauty. The incredible attractiveness of flowers has also given them an added importance as decorative objects for residences and places of business. Through the centuries flowers have been used as the elements of floral canvas art as well. The first flower painting appeared on the walls of Egyptian tombs. The flower often depicted in these early paintings was the lotus blossom. The blossom can also be found in other art forms such as jewelry and architecture. Fresco paintings of flower gardens have been discovered in the remains of the buried Roman city of Pompeii. During the Gothic era, flowers were depicted in paintings as symbols of the personality or importance of particular people. Roses symbolized love, lilies depicted purity, the tulip represented nobility, sunflowers portrayed devotion. By the time of the Renaissance, flowers were used to amplify mythological subjects. In Dutch floral paintings flowers were also used to depicted the stages of human life.


Red Rose paintingTyler Rose
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
16″ x 12″
Oils on stretched canvas

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The Meaning of Flowers in Art

oriental poppies by georgia o'keeffe
Red Poppies by O’Keeffee

Modern artists have been using the significance of flowers in their floral canvas art for centuries. They have been cherished for more than just their beauty. The meaning of flowers has been used as an artistic expression of one’s emotions, whether it is a symbol of love, jealousy or romance. The meaning of a red rose is love. Is there any wonder why red roses are a favorite Valentine’s Day flower? A red carnation also conveys passion and at the same time a striped carnation is a sign of refusal. The lily depicts purity, tulips represent nobility, and sunflowers portray devotion. Flowers have inspired artists through the ages and have used their meaning to create breath taking beauty in their floral art compositions. Some famous paintings include Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and Georgia O’Keefe’s “Red Poppy”.  Flower paintings make perfect house warming gifts because just about everyone loves them. They are very versatile and make great additions to the décor in any room of your home or even in the waiting room of an office. They make great conversation pieces and provide a welcoming atmosphere for family, visitors or customers and clients.

Why Artists Love to Paint Flowers

sunflower painting by van Gogh
Sunflowers by van Gough

Flowers have long been a favorite subject for many oil painting artists. The many colors, forms and shapes of flowers offer an endless diverseness within the compositions of the old masters. This is why flowers are loved as a subject matter by artists. The world over artists have immortalized the beauty of flowers in their art. Some famous floral art includes Monet’s “Water Lillies” and Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”. Monet was a French Impressionist of oil paintings. His paintings reflect the influence of light. His flower paintings are bright, colorful and distinctive and are among the most popular floral art for all time. Dutch post-Impressionist artist, Vincent van Gogh created some remarkable works of art. Among them are his famous still life paintings of sunflowers. These seem to have some special meaning for van Gogh because he painted eleven canvases with sunflowers. Other flowers van Gogh painted were irises, lilacs, roses and oleanders.

Additional Reading

The Flower Paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe

The Flower Paintings of Vincent van Gogh


Floral Canvas Art In Your Home

Canvas oil paintings have been a popular form of home décor for centuries. A favorite subject of paintings is flowers. People from all walks of life love flowers and appreciate adding their beauty to the décor of their homes. The most popular flowers often painted by artists as seen in many oil paintings include roses, hibiscus, sunflowers, orchids, poppies, lilies and wildflowers. A favorite setting for flowers is still life, where flowers are beautifully arranged in a vase of some sort. Many painting enthusiasts also love seeing flowers in their natural environment as seen in landscape paintings.


Sunflower oil paintingSunflower From Behind
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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If you have a desire to decorate the walls of your home with art, may I suggest flower paintings? They offer a wonderful solution to home decorating. However, before rushing out to buy just anything, you should keep a few things mind while you are shopping.

  1. Your flower oil painting should complement the colors of your home and especially the room you plan to display it in. Flower paintings have a way of injecting some bold color into an empty space.
  2. You will also need to consider the space you want the painting to go in. Take measurements with of the walls where the paintings are to be hung and take these with you. The wrong size painting in your space won’t look right at all.
  3. Another consideration that you will need to keep in mind is lighting. It does no good displaying a beautiful piece of canvas art that won’t get noticed or admired. Proper lighting gives focus and attention to the painting being displayed.
  4. Flower paintings can also be great conversation starters whenever visitors drop in. They can either make statements about you and your tastes or can just be objects of beauty to appreciate.
  5. Lastly, paintings will appreciate in value as years go by but only if the artist becomes known. Make sure you buy a painting because you love it. Paintings will bring you years of enjoyment, make it one you can’t live without.

Red Rose paintingTyler Rose
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
16″ x 12″
Oils on stretched canvas

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Flower paintings will also add a bit of romance to your home. If you are interested in creating a romantic atmosphere in any room of your home, consider the addition of some flower oil paintings for your walls. Floral canvas art is very versatile and works well in most rooms of your home. Paintings of roses, calla lilies, magnolias and grasses with contemporary appeal, or summer blossoms of zinnia, irises and daisies are just a few options that can become part of a romantic floral theme. Do a little research online for some floral artwork and you will quickly find some paintings that will suit what you need to turn a boring room into one with plenty of elegance. Bedrooms with floral canvas art on the wall helps to create the perfect romantic atmosphere. But that’s not the only place a flower painting helps spruce a boring room. Most people love flowers to a degree and flower art in your living room helps them to feel welcome in your home. Floral art works well in your dining room too. Oil paintings of flowers displayed in your dinning room add sophistication to the décor and helps to make the dinning experience a memorable one.