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Digital Subscriptions > The Artist > February 19 > Floral still lifes

Floral still lifes

Follow Vivienne Cawson as she demonstrates how to merge delicate flowers with carefully chosen decorative backgrounds, working in watercolour with drawing media

Balance is so important in a painting – several things come into play simultaneously. If there is one area of bright colour the eye will immediately be drawn to that and completely overlook other parts of the painting. So there needs to be some counter balancing and this, in turn, will help the various components of the painting ‘speak to each other’.

Pattern, colour and natural form are the focus for my floral watercolour paintings. Painting from life to capture a moment in time produces a fresh and contemporary response, not a faithful reproduction. Inspired by the flowers, their colours and shapes, a piece of gorgeous fabric, or special jug or vase, I like to produce a spontaneous reaction. The contrast of natural form with geometric pattern is often a strong element in my work. It is an exciting journey that I hope helps to keep my painting alive with fresh, vibrant colour.

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Enjoy developing your skills and techniques with The Artist. Written by artists and top tutors, for experienced amateur painters and aspiring professional artists, this month's issue offers stage-by-stage demonstrations, illustrated tips and techniques for drawing and painting in watercolour, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, oils and gouache. Learn new techniques for painting winter landscapes, characterful portraits, still lifes, spring flowers and animals. There's also an article encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone to paint unfamiliar subjects and an interview with Professor Christopher Orr MBE, RA revealing his approach to his unusual subject matter and working methods. Plus our marketing expert advises on how to use apps to facilitate your social media posts to help get your work noticed. And when you've completed your best work, why not enter it into our 2019 Open competition for the chance to see your work exhibited, published and win one of over 40 fantastic prizes! Full details are on pages 12 to 13 . Enjoy!