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How to Add Depth when Creating Abstract Mixed Media Florals

Blooming Cactus, a mixed media painting by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Watch her video about how to create this and add visual depth to your art!

When I started drawing and painting as an adult, it took quite a long time for me to understand the power of creating visual depth. Before that, every time I wanted to highlight a particular element, I added more lines to it and it just looked stiffer and stiffer. When you add depth, your art is not like a sentence where every word is underlined.

Instead, your art becomes more like a paragraph that invites the viewer to dig deeper.

How to Add Depth – Create with Me!

In the video, I create a floral painting without any reference photos and give you some basic tips along the way. I use a mixed media approach and combine pens with paints to make the job easier!

Come and Create Unique Floral Treasures!

Level up your skills, find the process you love and let flowers show the way to expressive art! You don’t want to miss this class!

Floral Fantasies in Three Styles, a flower art class by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet

Floral Fantasies in 3 Styles begins on Feb 19th – sign up now!


6 thoughts on “How to Add Depth when Creating Abstract Mixed Media Florals

  1. Just as mushrooms drop spores, your plants have dropped light filled foggy colors throughout. I see some small yellow buds that haven’t yet dropped their light on the right side – waiting for the right time as nature does. This is filled with beauty and lovely foggy light coming from the plants is exciting to think about. Do you look at the brush activity as you paint those small areas, or are you glancing at the whole painting to wonder where and what color comes next. Do you think of each color or just whether it should be dark or light? I wish we could tape record your brain as you work. This was so fun to watch!

    1. Thank you, Mary, for the beautiful description! When painting small areas, I focus on them entirely, not glancing the whole painting. I focus on value more than on the color because to me, and I think for many others too, creating differences in value is far more difficult!

  2. I love your focus as the flower being the light source. Life has a vibe. I feel them. Excellent pointer.

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