Adventures in Blooms

Expressive Flower Painting

I recently started looking back on some of my very first still life paintings and was reflecting on how I began that journey. You see, I used to mostly paint abstract paintings and still do on occasion. But I love remembering my journey as a way of honoring it. Some of those beginning pieces were pretty awesome and I am still proud of them today. The work that I created for the course, Gathering Beauty is some of this early work! In the process of looking back, I thought that I might re-envision some of that early work and play with some mixed media painting. But I also wanted to challenge myself by going big and bold. What better way to do that than working on large mixed media paper! Anytime that I am feeling stuck in my creativity, it helps to switch up my process and mediums. I also love that feeling of challenging myself to work in new and different ways, even though I feel stretched to the max.

Lately, with all of the heaviness in the world I have been thinking about how much we need beauty now more than ever! I know from personal experience, that beauty has the power to transform our hearts and offer healing. I truly hope that by doing this course, it will be a glimmer of light and hope into the world. The world needs your art right now!

During this course, Adventures in Blooms- Expressive Flower Painting, we will explore painting large expressive mixed media flowers. I will be sharing start to finish process for 5 large paintings. We will be focusing on acrylic layers, simple linework, still life painting, composition, working large and color theory. Each piece will be a unique different style.

Materials and Supplies:

  • 18 x 24 Mixed Media Paper (White, Black or Grey)
  • *18 x 24 Acrylic Paper by Strathmore (optional)
  • Acrylic paint in your favorite colors
  • Acrylic markers by Molotow or Liquitex
  • Acrylic ink (optional)
  • Gel pens
  • T-square ruler
  • Paintbrushes with one large wide brush, and a fan brush of any size
  • Black Gesso
  • Glazing medium
  • Smaller sheets of mixed media paper for practice
  • Any of your favorite mark making tools (pens, markers, pastels, Gelato's, or Woody's)

I will be making one to two pieces on black mixed media paper. If you don't want to purchase black mixed media paper, you can also use a coat of black gesso on a white piece of paper. If you want a heavy duty paper that doesn't buckle, I recommend Acrylic Paper by Strathmore.

Your Instructor

Wendy Brightbill
Wendy Brightbill

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts May 2, 2022 and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you have unlimited access to the course.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Are there any Live components to the course?
No, the course will be pre-recorded for you you to watch at your convenience. The content will be available for you to access at any time after May 2.

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