Floral Painting Composition

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Floral Painting Composition

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It’s not secret that watercolor flowers are my absolute favorite. And one big challenge I often hear from people is mastering floral painting composition! Where should you put the different flowers and leaves and which direction should they be facing?!

In this watercolor composition tutorial, I teach you how to know where to paint what for your floral paintings. You will learn how to paint flowers like a peony, lily of the nile, and smaller filler tulips. This beginner tutorial is focused on composition for full floral pieces.

This is an excerpt from my popular Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor Flowers. So if you haven’t watched that yet, it’s a great starting place to understand shapes and techniques!



Floral Painting Composition

00:00 – Intro.
00:28 – Getting started with composition talk.
04:53 – Floral painting begins with a big peony.
08:31 – Peony done, what this means for rest of painting…
09:42 – Now add medium-sized flowers.
11:54 – Evaluating piece after three big flowers.
12:52 – Filling in space with leaves.
15:26 – Adding Eucalyptus.
17:10 – Adding Lily of the Nile.
18:24 – Talking tipping point.
20:45 – Need to ground this piece with color.
23:34 – Filling out the S curve…
25:31 – Paying attention to lowest and highest points.
27:23 – Final, overall thoughts on composition.
29:09 – Don’t miss out!!!


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Related videos

Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor
Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor: Top Questions Answered
Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor Flowers
Watercolor Techniques: Wet-on-Wet
Watercolor Techniques: Wet-on-Dry
10 Tips to Improve Watercolor

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