Watercolour- The Glory of Peony

Shine the Life of Flower in Watercolours

Live flowers are a particular challenge subject in most art media. Especially for the peony project here, it requires close observation and a careful gradation techniques.

As a symbol of queen in flowers world, peony carries many layers of petals, variety of forms and sense of textures. To paint flower like this includes a lot of reds which need our hand to evoke the fresh life of nature in watercolours.

I would like to demonstrate the way to capture a wide range of reds in peony and greens behind, both warm and cool, as well as the analysis of colour theory based on what we may learn from.

Visual editing is another important skill to be covered in this lesson. We are not trying to make a botanical drawing, the suggestive life and believable representation is the key to guide you turning complicated objects into manageable forms. This is a flexibility and enjoyable of art creative journey.

Topics & techniques covered in this project:

Understand the range of one colour and more

Observation skills to help making choices

Drawing technique to simplify complicated objects

Applying blending brush techniques for gradation feature

Colour analysis and theory

Visual editing vs reproduction


Your Instructor


Wenyun Hua
Wenyun Hua

Holding Master Degree in Art Education and over thirty years professional experiences, Wenyun Hua's art is a combination of Eastern and Western style, an expression of journey between the two cultures and common understanding. Currently she teaches Art Meditation, Watercolour, Painting in Acrylic and Oil, Chinese Brush Painting, Art in Mixed Media, Drawing and Painting, Watercolour Woodblock Printmaking and Paper Art courses in various professional art education and art school settings in Toronto, CANADA.

She has greatest passion to share the joy of breaking boundary, open-mind and unlimited creativity. She gained a numerous grants and awards for her art and teaching. Her artwork can be found in collections throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.


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