paintings of flowers are very challenging, but they are such a joy to paint!

If I’m not doing paintings of flowers, I’m working in the flower garden. That's one reason my college major was horticulture. Flowers are one of my favorite things, whether I am growing them or painting them.

Since I love flowers so much, I keep working on doing more flower paintings. My favorite garden flowers are daisies and roses. Daisies are not so hard to paint. See below

But, roses on the other hand are another scenario. I've been working on painting roses for several years.

Roses and a hummingbird make a wonderful painting combination.Tropical Beauty

The rosy-chested "Tropical Beauty" is checking out the coral colored roses.

It's nice to add some critters to your paintings of flowers. Roses and hummingbirds are both so pretty. This tropical hummingbird flew into a rose painting, a few years ago.



Here is one of my latest rose paintings that was such a "Joy" to paint. It was one of those paintings that just flowed. There was no need to labor over it.

Orange is such a happy color and the turquoise vase was a perfect compliment.

Painting is so much fun!

Paintings of Flowers are such a Joy

compare the orange roses (above) with these pink roses

oil painting of a Cologne Bottle with pink rosesCologne Bottle

A few years ago I found this cologne bottle in my sister's greenhouse. We each had one when we were girls.

I don't know where my bottle went over the years, but my brother-in-law generously gave me my sister's "Cologne Bottle". So i did the painting with pink roses.

Detail of Cologne Bottle pink rose painting in oilsCologne Bottle - detail

Drawing the bottle was a challenge. After the drawing was finished, painting it was a snap.

Shadow colors were added with some pink from the flowers. Some color pulled into the background made it glistening in the light. However the roses were not well done.

the orange roses are an improvement, don't you think?

  • It took some rose painting practice.

First, I started working on painting red roses. Red is a challenging color to get the lights and darks and still have it look red. Using Cadmium Red light made it look too orange for my taste.

Then i worked on painting a bi-color rose. It turned out very pretty with the contrast of colors.

Practicing painting roses with oil paintsRose painting practice

The casual orange roses (above) seem more appealing to me.

More rose painting practiceMore rose practice

You can paint roses with the steps of How-to Paint a Rose.

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more paintings of flowers

A Bloomin' Basket of Magnolia flowers painted with oils by artist Carol MayBloomin' Basket

Magnolias are "the" flower of the south. They are beautiful with their pristine beauty. When we are doing paintings of flowers we can't leave out this beautiful flower. And their lemony fragrance is heavenly.

Here is a "Bloomin' Basket" full of Magnolia flowers.



Oil painting of hydrangeas in a vase with orangesHydrangeas

Learning to paint never ends. There is always more to learn. Here is a painting of "Hydrangeas" from a lesson by Nancy Medina.

Hydrangeas come in pink, blue or white. In this painting the oranges make a nice contrast with the blue Hydrangeas and the white one spark up the painting. Plus, the vase is very interesting.



Scrub Jay on Tulip Magnolia flowers painted with oils by artist Carol MayScrub Jay on Tulip Magnolia

When my Tulip Magnolia tree was blooming, I went out and sat down on the edge of the front porch and painted it.

It's a beautiful spring blooming tree that some people call a Japanese Magnolia.

Later I came in the house and added the blue Scrub Jay for the "Scrub Jay on Tulip Magnolia".

What a lovely compliment they are to each other.

Adding a bird, a bee or a butterfly always makes the paintings of flowers more interesting.

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Gold-top Iris an oil painting of a German bearded iris flowerGold-top Iris

Paintings of flowers are such a joy to paint. I can hardly wait for spring, so I can go out and enjoy the flowers in person.

Iris are faithful spring blooming flowers. They will grow and faithfully boom every spring. They take practically no care at all, like this "Gold-top Iris".



An oil painting of a giant sunflower by artist Carol MaySon Shine

Daisies are one of my favorite flowers and that includes the giant sunflowers which botanically are daisies. These giant sunflowers grew in my garden one year. They grew fast from seed.

They delight our senses, as well as feed the birds who enjoy harvesting their seeds.

Sunflowers are such happy flowers, like the Son's face shining down on us in "Son Shine".



Daisies ‘n’ Porcelain - a flower painting by artist Carol MayDaisies ‘n’ Porcelain

Daisies have been one of my favorite flowers ever since I was a child. So naturally, I had to paint some of these happy flowers.

These white daisies are in a porcelain vase on a classic mahogany table. “Daisies ‘n’ Porcelain”.



An oil flower painting of white daisies by artist Carol MayFresh As a Daisy

Here is another painting of flowers with lovely white daisies in "Fresh as a Daisy".

If you want to do your own daisy painting and learn some about using oil paints, you can. Check out this tutorial of painting these daisies. Each step is explained, so you can do your own flower painting by following the steps.

You can paint your own daisies.



Wren and blue Morning Glory flowers, an oil painting by artist Carol MayWren and Morning Glories

It's as much fun watching the birds, as growing the flowers. The little wrens are always fun to watch.

The blue Morning Glories made a lovely painting of flowers with a perky little wren. "Wren and Morning Glories"



Oil painting of Two Sisters

Iris always bloom with buddies. They don't like being by themselves, just like sisters.

Here are "Two Sisters" standing up proud and pretty. There is such a variety of flowers and more paintings of flowers to do.

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