I was a bit distracted tonight so my painting session was short, only a half hour, but it took me much less time than that to exclaim during the painting “Flowers are hard to paint!”

I’m not sure where I read it but John Singer Sargent said something to the effect that if an artist wanted to get some in depth oil painting training than he/she should paint flowers. I agree, each little flower is packed¬†with subtle shapes, values and hues.

So, not much painting done tonight but I have a bit more respect for flowers and a realization that I should include them more often in my still life paintings.

Speaking of Sargent, here is a wonderful article, and long, post with every detail you would ever want to know about one of his most famous works.

Flowers are hard to paint, setup


  • Session: 1203
  • Work: 1029
  • Width: 7"
  • Height: 5"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 0.5
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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."