Both the plants in the pot and flowers inserted in the vase are the still lives theme that artists love. They can be alone made into the painting, or can also be used as a part of a group of still lives, such as adding some fruit, a bowl or a glass bottle pattern.
Flowers portray is not simple. Many people often make excessive procedures because of the deliberate drawing each petal and details of the leaves and stems resulting in the painting looking very untidy. So in the description of flowers, it is very important to make simplification in some extent. Furthermore, you must also know what the main characteristics of these flowers are and can correctly determine which should be simplified and which should be highlighted. They look full or weak without force, are circular or horn; each stem has several flowers or only one? How thick the stem and flower are? All these features must be understood before describing them.
Another mistake that beginners are easy to make is that they cannot correctly link the scrape and container. So if the flower that you draw is inserted in an opaque vase, you have to imagine in the bottle under the stalk what kind of shape should be so that you can draw the correct position and the proportion of flowers and stems. Before painting, the more thoroughly to consider this issue in this aspect, the less endless changes will be in the process of formal painting. And too many changes will result in your work becoming a complete mess. At the same time, you should carefully try to figure out the color relations of objects, because after painting they are often different from what you have expected. Some leaves are translucent. Through them, light will cast all the shadow color.
And the color of petals is not expected. For example, we all know that narcissus is yellow, but once you carefully observe its petals, you will find that it is actually made up of a series of brown and green together and only high light is the real yellow. Before the official creation, it is a wise choice to draw sketches and you will find it easy to paint from the dark part to the light and leave the highlight to the end. The painting brush should be decisive when depicting the petals to make bold strokes, instead of using a small sable brush to heuristically paint. Try not to repeatedly draw a part. If for some reason you draw the wrong places, it is best to shave it off again.
Because the vase and kettle shape are usually tall and narrow, so it is necessary to add some additional objects to balance the picture effect. In this painting, the book is to play this role, but also to add more color to the painting. An advantage of painting still life is that you can almost completely control any aspect of objects—types of objects, display methods, color and light source. In this painting, the artist cleverly will screen combination of natural decorative means: fresh flowers, the bucket on the handmade ware with tablecloths and figurines.
The painter wants to conduct an experiment here. If the flowers are on the screen in a higher position, whether can through the cloth stripes can make the picture effect balance. When painting, he finds that it needs to add something to balance the painting. Therefore he adds a flower in the lower right corner. The artist also makes careful characterization to the most flowers, because he hopes these flowers can form contrast with the black background. Dark vase in the painting has the same important role with flowers and can form a contrast with the light. In this painting with bold composition, the color is very strong far from the color of the center. Although the flowers are important parts of the painting, they themselves are not the focus of the painting, so they are acting more as a planar pattern. In fact, such paintings with visual impact are very common in the works of Gerard who likes to paint objects on the heavy black line in order to emphasize a two-dimensional space.