Fascinating Florals: 17 Paintings of Flowers

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Paintings of Flowers: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

It begins in childhood when toddlers – moving closer to the ground than the rest of us – pick flowers in a garden or park.

Perhaps it’s their pleasing colors, or the fragrant scents, or the likelihood that Mom will be pleased with the resulting bouquet.

Whatever the reason, humans seem to be hardwired to enjoy – even cherish – flowers, so it’s no surprise that visual artists have for centuries expressed their own admiration in diverse ways.

On offer here is a profusion of blooms created in different media, sometimes seen on their own, other times set into architectural or environmental contexts.

Most of these images exult in nature’s beauty, while others are rather symbolist in their layered meanings; there are even a few reminding us that flowers’ beauty, like life itself, does not endure forever.

Enjoy this bouquet, and be sure to appreciate the “real” flowers in our nearest garden or park, too.

Painting of Hollyhocks
1. KATHY ANDERSON (b. 1945), “Hollyhocks and New Dawn Roses,” 2017, oil on canvas, 30 x 20 in., available from the artist
JUDY CROWE (b. 1953), "China and Primroses," 2014, oil on linen panel, 12 x 12 in., private collection
2. JUDY CROWE (b. 1953), “China and Primroses,” 2014, oil on linen panel, 12 x 12 in., private collection
Still life painting of flowers
3. INNA CHERNEYKINA (b. 1971), “Summer Colors,” 2016, oil on 12 x 12 in., oil on panel, Portola Art Gallery, Menlo Park, California
Painting of poppies
4. THOMAS DARNELL (b. 1958), “Poppies,” 2010, oil on linen, 67 x 59 in., collection of Matt Wright and Melanie Wombwell, London
Still life Painting of yellow roses
5. KURT ANDERSON (b. 1958), “Roses in a Greek Vase,” 2014, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in., private collection
HEATHER LYNN GIBSON (b. 1970), "Buying Hydrangeas," 2018, oil on linen, 12 x 12 in., collection of the artist
6. HEATHER LYNN GIBSON (b. 1970), “Buying Hydrangeas,” 2018, oil on linen, 12 x 12 in., collection of the artist
DAVID HETTINGER (b. 1946), "A Still-Life for Adrienne," 2017, oil on linen, 20 x 24 in., Rose Renée Fine Art
7. DAVID HETTINGER (b. 1946), “A Still-Life for Adrienne,” 2017, oil on linen, 20 x 24 in., Rose Renée Fine Art
JANE JONES (b. 1953), "Calla Lily Trompe l’Oeil I," 2016, oil on board, 12 1/4 x 12 3/4 in., Sugarman-Peterson Gallery, Santa Fe
8. JANE JONES (b. 1953), “Calla Lily Trompe l’Oeil I,” 2016, oil on board, 12 1/4 x 12 3/4 in., Sugarman-Peterson Gallery, Santa Fe
MARYBETH K ARAUS (b. 1962) "Bountiful Cascade," 2017, Oil on linen, 60 x 32 in. Private collection
9. MARYBETH K ARAUS (b. 1962) “Bountiful Cascade,” 2017, Oil on linen, 60 x 32 in. Private collection
Still life painting of flowers - JIM McVICKER (b. 1951), "White Amaryllis," 2017, oil on linen, 30 x 24 in., J.M. Stringer Gallery, Vero Beach, FL
10. JIM McVICKER (b. 1951), “White Amaryllis,” 2017, oil on linen, 30 x 24 in., J.M. Stringer Gallery, Vero Beach, FL
Watercolor paintings of flowers
11. KATIE MUSOLFF (b. 1982), “Dismantled,” 2017, watercolor on paper, 12 x 10 in., private collection
Paintings of flowers - LINDA NEARON (b. 1942), "Burst of Beauty," 2014, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 in., private collection
12. LINDA NEARON (b. 1942), “Burst of Beauty,” 2014, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 in., private collection
Paintings of flowers - GELENA PAVLENKO (b. 1969), "Rays, Irises," 2015, oil on canvas, 20 x 28 in., Lotton Gallery, Chicago
13. GELENA PAVLENKO (b. 1969), “Rays, Irises,” 2015, oil on canvas, 20 x 28 in., Lotton Gallery, Chicago
CAMILLE PRZEWODEK (b. 1947) "Flowers at Sunset," 2012, Oil on panel, 8 x 10 in., Private collection
14. CAMILLE PRZEWODEK (b. 1947) “Flowers at Sunset,” 2012, Oil on panel, 8 x 10 in., Private collection (Related: How to Paint Like Monet, by Camille Przewodek)
SARA JANE REYNOLDS (b. 1948), "Fallen Petals," 2017, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in., Reinert Fine Art, Charleston
15. SARA JANE REYNOLDS (b. 1948), “Fallen Petals,” 2017, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in., Reinert Fine Art, Charleston
Still life paintings of flowers - ELIZABETH ROBBINS (b. 1962) "Indian Summer," 2017, oil on linen, 24 x 28 in., Private collection
16. ELIZABETH ROBBINS (b. 1962) “Indian Summer,” 2017, oil on linen, 24 x 28 in., Private collection
Still life paintings of roses - JAMES ANDREW SMITH (b. 1968), "The Reason for Silence," 2018, oil on panel, 12 x 9 in., Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa
17. JAMES ANDREW SMITH (b. 1968), “The Reason for Silence,” 2018, oil on panel, 12 x 9 in., Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa

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