In a few weeks, I’ll be teaching a floral painting workshop in New York, along with the incredibly talented artists Helen Dardik, Carolyn Gavin and Monika Forsberg. One of the aspects of floral art we’ll be looking at is painting from imagination vs. painting from life.
It’s an interesting topic because for every floral artist, there’s a completely different way of approaching the subject matter.
Some meticulously depict the real thing, some abstract the basic shapes and colours from nature, and some build fantastical floral worlds, straight from their imagination.
I fall somewhere between. I probably couldn’t identify more than a handful of real flowers but I love the variety of shapes and colours found in the natural world and I know what’s pretty. I also think nature has a better imagination than me! My florals tend to be a hybrid of direct observation and abstraction.
So I’d answer my question by saying - all three!
Where do you get your flowers from?
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