How to paint a popping pink flower in watercolour

When aiming for realism in a painting, I often paint subjects significantly larger than life so that I can capture as much detail in them as possible.

But some subjects don’t have much detail in them at all.

And that makes them suitable candidates for being painted at a smaller size, without losing detail.

Working at a smaller size means that a piece can be completed much more quickly, often in just one sitting.

That’s what I did with this pretty Rose Periwinkle flower (also known as Madagascan Periwinkle). Much of its beauty comes from its bright colour and simple shape, meaning my painting of it could be finished really quickly.

And the shading I added to it really made it pop off the paper.

Key to achieving realism in this painting was to pay close attention to the tones, which helped me to create a 3D result in a short painting session.

In this mini class, I show you the steps I followed:

I hope this mini class has shown you that it’s possible to achieve a realistic, bright and 3D flower in a short space of time, and that you’ll give it a go yourself.

If you’ve enjoyed this video, please leave me a comment below. I love to read them!

With love,

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  1. JOHANNA ROBINSON on March 22, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Gorgeous !!!

  2. Magdalena on March 22, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    thanks by sharing this video, amazing.

  3. Nancy on March 22, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Lovely. Can’t wait to try it. Will you share the colors you use?

  4. Max Holloway on March 22, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    You are the Best!!!

  5. Marianne on March 22, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Absolutely lovely!

  6. Ann on March 22, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you for your informative classes – just an old “newbie” so trying to learn whatever I can – so enjoyable.

  7. Rose on March 23, 2022 at 12:27 am

    Such a beautiful color! ThAnk you Anna

  8. Linda on March 23, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Loved it Anna, Thankyou for sharing your gift with us, Linda(🇦🇺) 🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺

  9. Annie J Mathew on March 23, 2022 at 3:17 am

    Anna it was simply a marvellous video.Thanks for sharing

  10. Ana Dohmann on March 23, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Gorgeous !! 👏👏👏👏

  11. Pam Powell on March 24, 2022 at 8:39 am

    Amazing details, thanks for sharing

  12. Joan Simpson on March 24, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you for your lovely share!

  13. Lesley Roberts on March 26, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful flowers, Anna. I have really enjoyed having a go. I would like to buy one of your books, so am looking out for them in the shops, so I can see which is most appropriate for my inexperience.

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