You know I do love a dragonfly or two. Their little, elegant wings add movement to a garden and a ‘special something’ to a flower painting.
My stylised dragonflies are simply five lines – a slightly curved body (place and pull your brush), then two sets of wings – a tight V on each side, painted from the outside in (remember to move your whole wrist to pull each stroke towards the body). The top wing is usually a lot longer than the bottom wing and the head is small (if it’s too big, plastic surgery may be required 🙂 ).
If you’ve been to a Paint Along and struggled with dragonflies, or if you haven’t been to a Paint Along but you’d like to try some dragonflies, click here for a downloadable practice sheet, just for you.
I love watching artists paint. I think it’s magical. The way they see things inside their heads and then choose colours and brushes to bring that vision to life.
Just last week I managed to spend some time alone in my studio painting these flowers in delicious, juicy, GOLDEN Paint colours. And just in case you like watching artists too – I actually remembered to document the process!
Starting with a gorgeous natural linen canvas, I sketched my plan in charcoal before building up the background using large brushes and then progressively adding detail with smaller brushes.
Hope you enjoy this window into the evolution of this painting I have called ‘The Everlasting Bouquet’. I’ll have it available for sale soon… I’m just enjoying looking at it for a while first!
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