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Elements of a Flower Art Painting

Flower art paintings are one of the most aesthetically pleasing artworks to look at. The bright colors and vivid shapes and sizes can bring life to any space where you hang them. However, as pretty as these paintings look there are certain elements that you must understand to create a mesmerizing piece of your own. 

A flower art painting

Now don’t feel intimidated because TERAVARNA is here to help you decode all the different elements for your next masterpiece. Keep reading!

Compositions of a Flower Art Painting

While there are some common elements in every type of painting, these are some aspects of composition you must keep in mind for your flower painting. 


First of all, you must decide the focal point of your artwork. It is the part of your painting that the viewer notices foremost, before anything else. A flower has various elements such as petals, leaves, and the flower itself, but there is always an element that draws your eyes to the painting. In most cases, it is one of the flowers. Hence you must make sure that it stands out from the rest of the composition. You can do so by adding a brighter color to the focus element and keeping the rest sightly light. You can also choose to increase the size of your focal point as compared to other parts of the painting, thus making it easier to get noticed. 


In simple words, contrast is any two elements of your painting that are opposite to each other, for example, night and day. A contrast helps highlight certain aspects of your painting whereas the rest add definition to your work. A balanced contrast to your painting is what salt is to your meals. It should never be too much or too little—it ruins the taste. A painting with little to no contrast is too boring to look at whereas too many highlighted elements make it a displeasure to the eyes. You can add contrast to your work in terms of shapes, size, colors, or angles. For example, if you are drawing large flowers, keep your leaves small.

Rule of Third

If you are still one of those artists who places their focal element in the middle, maybe it is now time to shake things up. As per the rule of the thirds, you first divide your canvas into three sections, both horizontally and vertically. This gives you 9 sections to work with. Now, instead of placing your focal element in the center, i.e. your 5th section, place it at one of the intersections on the canvas. It helps you add some drama to your work and elevates its visual appeal too. 


Another important factor to remember when creating a floral art painting is to make sure all the elements of your artwork complement each other. They must not look like a random bunch from a garden that has been together without any coordination between shapes, colors, and sizes. A good tip is to first choose your focal point, and then gradually build up your fillers. Choose colors that are from the same color family as your focal element and it will all create a good flow in your painting. By flow, we mean that it is easy for your eyes to wander from the main attraction to the fillers smoothly. 

Rule of Space

A good artwork is a balance of space and filled-up gaps. Adding too many elements, especially in a flower art painting can make it look clustered or even clumsy. It confuses the viewer and they don’t know where to focus; it even breaks the flow of navigation. Hence, always make sure to leave enough blank space on your canvas, because less is more. You don’t always need to add every detail or fill every section of the canvas to complete a painting. 

Enjoy the Process of Creation

Once you start getting accustomed to these little elements, you will see changes in your flower art painting. It’s all about little details that make a huge difference. However, irrespective of every rule it is still art, and hence the most important rule is to enjoy the process. If you are struggling to implement every rule at once, start slow and gradually add different elements to your work based on your comfort level and you will soon have your masterpiece ready.

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