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Hi, I'm Jacob Taxis for About.com. In this video you will learn how to paint a flower.You'll need:First, arrange your flower. Set it up for good lighting and give it a solid, contrasting backdrop. Next, create a brief series of thumbnail sketches. A thumbnail can be sketched with pen or pencil, or can be loosely painted. Thumbnail sketches are small, quick visual ideas which you create to help you determine an ideal composition – considering factors such as angle, point of view and focal point.Select the thumbnail sketch that is most compositionally appealing. On this sketch, work out a small value study of your flower and its surroundings. Shade in the variations of lightness and darkness, paying attention to their relationships to one another.Using a single color, sketch the generalized shapes of your flower onto the canvas. Now fill in your background. It does not have to be the color of your backdrop. You want to select a color scheme that creates contrast. If you have a light colored flower, consider painting a dark background. If you have a deep colored flower, a light background is best.Next, lay down soft fields of color. Start with dark tones. Layer and build the work with medium tones; and finish with light tones. As you paint, keep in mind the value relationships of your subject. If needed refer back to your thumbnail.Now go into your piece and accentuate the dark tones and bring forth the highlights. This will give your work a greater sense of intensity by way of contrast. For the highlights, use a thicker consistency of paint. Study the details of the flower and with a small brush, paint them onto your canvas.
Adjust any areas that detract from the whole of the composition. The possibilities are endless with acrylic, oil, and watercolor paint. Be sure to try them all to discover which materials give you the result you're after.
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