Hands-On Workshop

Blossoms: Still Life

Flowers play an important role in the world of gardening. In their early days they add colour, texture and smell, and they become vital nutritional elements for our gardens once they fade.

In this Hands-On Workshop we observed a flower bouquet from the first day it bloomed. We explored colour, texture, form and structure.

A variety of media was used and we discussed how to develop our own individual style further.


Inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, an American artist well known for her large-scale paintings of flowers, we worked on observational drawing, using watercolours, acrylics and crayons. In our first workshop participants were given a selection of freshly cut flowers to choose from as the theme for their painting. We discussed composition, scale and colour, and we experimented with different media. We looked at details and focused on close-ups. We studied O’Keeffe’s flower portraits, and also referred to the work of Van Gogh and Monet.


We covered several topics in the session, including:

  • Theme composition
  • Scale, colour and texture
  • Introduction to the flower paintings of O’Keeffe, Van Gogh and Monet
  • Ways and ideas to develop your individual style further
“Thistles and drumsticks”, ink and watercolour on paper
Glamour of Blossoms - Acrylics-Pastels
“Flowers in the vase”