Throughout history, artists have certainly taken notice and captured the beauty, radiance, and grace of the garden.
Monet’s Water Lilies and the gardens at Giverny…
…Van Gogh’s Sunflowers…
…Georgia O’Keeffe’s Red Poppy…
But painting flowers is difficult for most people because they’ve never been shown the right ways to depict the glowing light on the petals and leaves, and how to capture the emotion within flowers.
The truth is that anyone can discover how to paint captivating garden scenes.
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” — Claude Monet
If you love gardens and flowers, you can paint a beautiful garden scene.
Few artists express and instill this love in their paintings better than Kathy Anderson.
“Take me to the tallest mountains, and I’ll appreciate their majesty. Let me paint the smallest flower, and I’ll be truly happy.” — Kathy Anderson
Kathy Anderson is an artist renowned for her garden still life and floral paintings.
As a child in her little yellow gardening shoes, Kathy would plant smiling pink daisies and bouncing purple hydrangeas…
…flirtatious blue peonies and exuberant yellow sunflowers.
Kathy learned the peace, tranquility, and joy that come from spending time in the garden…
…and she learned to translate that feeling onto the canvas when she studied under Richard Schmid (considered one of the greatest living American realist painters).
For 10 years, she focused on improving her craft, learning the “ins and outs” of painting from life...
…and how to capture the movement, energy, and personality of the different plants that make up a great garden scene.
Since then, Kathy has not only become a highly sought-after teacher, she’s also become a critically renowned painter, winning awards such as:
While collecting awards for her paintings, she’s also traveled the United States, painting in some of the most awe-inspiring locations this country has to offer.
And yet, despite painting at the base of giants like the Grand Tetons, Kathy prefers to keep her eyes “closer to the ground.”
What truly makes her feel alive is coming across a water-colored trillium or a nodding violet in the wild.
It’s what she loves to paint, and loves to teach.
As she paints, she narrates her step-by-step process — giving you an insider’s peek into the thoughts and creative decisions behind each and every brushstroke.
Her enthusiasm is infectious, and it’s impossible not to let it influence your own paintings.
Kathy believes that she can teach anyone to paint a beautiful garden scene.
You don’t need to be an expert painter…
…you just need to fall in love with what you’re painting and follow Kathy’s step-by-step process.
If you come alive when you see spring flowers, this video will help you master the art of painting the flowers you love.
Let’s take a closer look at what you’ll learn in this video: