Tuesday, 17 September 2013

How to paint a Folk Art flower

In my Folk Art books I teach you how to paint flowers. The books centre generally around Bavarian type painting. Bavaria is in the southern part of Germany in the beautiful mountains and valleys. This type of painting was done by the peasants of the area.  

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.

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