Big Bold Blooms

I finished my first flower painting yesterday from an online class I’m taking from Lynn Whipple called, “Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting.” It is a 5-week class that ends next week but I’d really encourage you to take it if you like painting flowers.  Lynn’s enthusiasm is contagious!

Here is my finished painting on a 24 x 30 inch canvas:

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It is the first time that I have ever painted flowers this big and I absolutely loved it!  It is amazing how great it looks in my dining room, huh?

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my progress photos.

I started by creating an underpainting of bold shapes in muted colors and then drew a rough sketch with soft vine charcoal:

I’m using Behr house paint samples from Home Depot which is a fabulous idea from Lynn Whipple.  I also used some of my Golden Fluid Acrylic paints in my next steps:

It was fun to add drips and splatters!  I then painted a soft gray color around the flowers, added a tabletop and some soft pastels:

I continued to tweak it until I was satisfied with it.  I then sprayed it with a fixative which did darken some of the pastels but I am still very pleased with it:

I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy Spring!  🙂

60 responses to “Big Bold Blooms

  1. What a stunning addition to your dining room.

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  2. I enjoy seeing the “construction” of the painting. Lovely painting!

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  3. wow, beautiful. When I first looked at your post I thought this was a quilt or tapestry. Congratulations on the completion of a beautiful work.

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  4. Wonderful! And thanks for showing the process too. (K)

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  5. Oh my!!!! What an amazing process. I can see how much fun you had. When I first saw this on IG I was hoping you’d post on your blog too! I’m in awe!! 💕😻

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  6. WOWZA! Swoooooning over this one Jilly! Absolute stunner!

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  7. Thanks for showing all the steps. Your final piece is beautiful.

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  8. Whoa wow!! This is awesome Jill!! What a gorgeous addition to the room! I love all the colors and textures and it looks so stunning. You should be VERY pleased with the result!! ❤️😃

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  9. Fabulous! Very inspiring! You might want to go big more often! 🙂

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  10. Great surface action going on and I enjoyed seeing the process/knowing the materials. N.

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    • Thanks Nina! 😄 I would never have thought to use house paint samples but they do work super well and they are very affordable! Glad you enjoyed it. 🌷🌼🌸💐🌈

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  11. It’s so pretty, and with the complimentary color of your dinning room wall it’s stunning! A+ from me! 🙂

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  12. Jill, well done, love seeing the process, it is stunning, vibrant and lifts ones spirits. Don’t you love that we can always learn something new.

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  13. Yes, Kath! 😄 So happy it lifts your spirits too! 💖🎨🌺🌷💐

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  14. Expressive and bold very lovely Jill!

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  15. I love love love it! Looks like the arrangements I see in Martha Stewart Magazine! ❤

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  16. Gorgeous! Makes a lovely and exuberant statement.

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  17. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous. I follow her on Instagram and love seeing her work.

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  18. Spectacular painting, Jill! I love flowers and this just screamed happy happy happy!

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    • Thank you Cubbyholes! ❤️💜💙 I felt really happy creating it! 😄 So happy this came across, my friend! 💐 I have felt in a bit of a funk with all the gray weather we had and now that Spring Is here – WAHOO!! 🌷😄💐🌸💜

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  19. Jill, this is wonderful! Wow, you really have a gift for flowers! And I do think those pastels were the perfect touch to finish it off. Way to go! I’m so glad you’re working on another one! Also enjoyed seeing your process. Happy Sunday and Happy Spring!

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  20. This is really beautiful Jill! It should definetly hang on the wall. I love seeing the process and the steps you took. Its really a beauty! Yes indded something to be very proud of. I hope you continue with this technique, its really cool!

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  21. What happened to the original background, Jill? It really added a spark!

    Jo UK

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    • Thanks Jo! I painted over it so you focused on the flowers. It was a way to get me started. 😊

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      • Ok – I see where you’re coming from, but it seemed a shame to obliterate it. I would’ve kept the background and changed the flower colours to bring them into prominance. I loved that background! I think it needs something. Just my thoughts…

        Jo

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      • I like your ideas. I am doing the background different on my 3rd painting- not making it so flat in appearance. I appreciate your comments. I’m learning as I go! 😄🎨👍💐

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  23. So Beautiful Jill! Can’t express in words 😍😍

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  26. Interesting process — I especially like the tile effects of the middle stage — I think it has much potential (for other projects). The finished painting is lovely. Bravo.

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