A few hundred years ago artists would go from village to village painting the cottagers houses and furniture. People were very poor in those days and welcomed any form of beautification they could afford.
Their artwork was very simple, colourful and symbolic. Flowers were not painted in the way we would paint flowers today. They were rather a symbol of the flower.
|Getting started in Bavarian Folk Art by Therese Vahland|
Here is a page from this book showing the steps of painting one of these pretty flowers.
This book is available @ http://www.allergiesandcfs.com/folk-art-books.html