Hooray for spring, warmer weather and FLOWERS! As a Florida native, experiencing my first PNW spring has been quite the experience. By far, the prettiest sight was when the cherry blossom trees bloomed. It seemed like it happened over night! Seeing the streets lined in beautiful bright pink trees was an inspiration.
It inspired me to paint!
So, that is what 4 years of art school will get ya.. But for the beginner, I have a simple step by step How-To.
Step 1: Paint the background, I took light blue and dark blue and painted the center the lightest and got darker as I went to the edges.
Step 2: Using a white dry pastel, draw the outlines of the flowers, leaves and branches.
Step 3: Paint over the branches with dark brown.
Step 4: Using light brown, paint half of each branch.
Step 5: Paint all the leaves in half dark green, half light green. (each leaf)
Step 6: Paint all of the flowers in pink. We will add more details next.
Step 7: Add dark pink. Paint each individual flower petal half dark pink.
Step 8: Add very light and very dark pink stripes to each petal. Also, add a very light brown highlight to the bottom of each branch, and a very dark green line down the center of each leaf.
It is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism.
Georges Seurat was an artist most famous for his work in pointillism. His artwork, along with artist Paul Signac have inspired many in the art world, including us here at FeelArtistic! Not only is it fun to work in dots, but it creates an opportunity to learn about color mixing, optical illusions, implied lines, and creative thinking.Can’t beat that!
Left: Paul Signac, Right: Georges Seurat
The two images above are representations of realistic objects. That is not the only way to use pointillism. You can use dots to make up a realistic work of art, but you can also use it abstractly. The image above the professional artwork is the beginning of an abstract pointillism piece. Both styles are equally beautiful, although realistic is more challenging. Another great thing about this topic is that you can tailor it to be fun for any age. I like to use this style from ages 4+ 🙂
* Here are a few more examples from the studio*
This work of art was made only using the primary colors. This is great for the younger students and helps them learn how the colors mix to make new ones. Technically, this is called optical mixing.
This example is far more elaborate. It puts emphasis on lighting and how to mix colors to give an illusion of shadows or highlights. It also focuses on how to create space on a 2D surface.