Peony Exuberance : Flower painting tutorial with acrylic and pastel

Peony Exuberance : Flower painting tutorial with acrylic and pastel

by Sandrine Pelissier on August 2, 2011

in New work, Painting technique, Step by step demonstrations

Flower painting tutorial with acrylic and pastel

Peony exuberance
mixed media on canvas
36 x 36 inches 



I am working on a flower series, and this Peony Acrylic and Pastel painting is one of my latest from this series :

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Peony Exuberance : Flower painting tutorial with acrylic and pastel

Here are some of the steps I took to make this painting (Click on any picture to make it larger )

pictures of peonies

This is the picture I used as a reference, I took it in my front yard. I liked the composition and the shape of the petals but the whole picture was too pink to my taste and a bit too much on the cold side in terms of colors.

acrylic painting step by step : red under painting

I started with a dark red underpainting because I like when the red shows a bit on the edges, It ties the colors in the painting together.

drawing with a white pencil on canvas

I draw my picture quite loosely on my red underpainting with a white china pencil

drawing on canvas

Close up of the drawing: I am not very detailed.

acrylic painting step by step : painting layers

I start applying layers of acrylic, with 3 colors that are corresponding more or less to my mid tones, highlights and dark.

acrylic painting step by step : painting layers

Adding dark purple in the shades.

painting of peonies, adding red and orange

I start to introduce some orange to balance the pink.

painting of peonies, glazing white acrylic

Adding more light with layers of semi transparent white ( white acrylic diluted with medium)

painting of peonies, painting the background

I am careful when adding layers like this to have some of the previous layers show at the edges.

painting with dry pastels on top of acrylic

I am adding more colors with dry pastels, working especially on the white highlights. I fix the pastel with working fixative.

painting techniques, layering colors

Adding more yellow, orange and green acrylic layers

painting techniques, layering colors

A few adjustments in color.

Peony Exuberance : Flower painting tutorial with acrylic and pastel

The finished painting: Peony exuberance.

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lesliepaints August 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I really like seeing the stages of your work, Sandrine. I see, I think, that all those first layers contribute to the fullness you achieve, in the long run, in your finished paintings. I like this series very much. I had seen two of them, previously and the two you have added are great, also. What I like the best about your series is that they are different, but all look great together.


Sandrine Pelissier August 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Thanks Leslie! I noticed that whatever the media I use I am now almost always working in layers, because I get better colors and interesting edges. I can’t go to the studio most of July and August because my kids are at home, so I miss painting :-) Anyway I found that usually taking a break is good for painting, you get back to it with more enthusiasm .
I really like the new works you are posting on your blog, gorgeous colors and textures. Makes me want to add a bit more collage on my paintings!


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