Floral Painting

Still life oil painting of roses by Helen Davison

‘Roses’. Oil on linen, 9″ x 9″

I find flowers so difficult to paint. They can be structural, but delicate; with light both reflected by, but also travelling through, petals and leaves. To achieve true softness and believability is such a challenge. In many ways, I don’t particularly feel excited by straight-forward floral compositions such as this one, but I need to keep things uncluttered and stick to the main focus of the exercise in order to improve my representation of nature’s beauty. In and of itself, that is compelling enough.