Updated: 5 days ago
A whole new art collection is forming in my studio, and it is absolutely beautiful already! I unofficially refer to these paintings as my "romantic botanicals," since I'm using my own house plants as references for each painting.
I create these plant art pieces on raw canvas in mixed media, beginning with charcoal pencil line drawings and sometimes wax pencil.
Drawing from life is something I wanted to do more of, so this process is truly fulfilling! I have always loved drawing leaves, and the trailing motion in the plants I'm working with make the process nearly meditative.
Next, I coat the canvas with clear gesso (rather than the usual white) so that I can get the base I need without covering up the warm tone of the canvas.
Once this layer dries, I mix up a palette of soft, romantic colors in acrylic paints. I paint thin washes of color and thicker, loose brush strokes in my favorite greens, blues, blushy pinks, peaches, and creams. Finally, I add in more charcoal intuitively to bring the plant and leaves to life.
I framed the first three plant paintings in natural wood embroidery hoops, and I really love how the round shape finishes these pieces! I may continue to frame the next plant paintings this way, though I do also want to try a few square pieces, as well.
This art series is the first in a long while to pull me in, where I jump from one piece right into the next. The semi-abstract painting style feels very freeing! You can watch short videos of the process on my YouTube channel here and here.
I hope the softness and organic nature of these plant paintings bring you peace and relaxation. I am excited to be able to release this new collection soon!