Peonies, Tulips and Sweet Peas 12"x12" Acrylic on Canvas Original Painting by Kathy Miller

The first of 2 new 12″x12″ flower paintings!  This size is perfect as a gallery grouping on a wall or just sitting on a shelf in your bookcase.

I love the size! It is an original acrylic painting on canvas, 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped which means it doesn’t have to be framed…

Or add a subtle and sleek look with an antiqued silver leaf picture frame, a canvas floater.  Float your fine art canvas, suspending and separating it from the moulding.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen 2 earlier “in the process” photos of this painting.

Round 1…get the paint on the canvas…very lightly, but cover the entire canvas. I casually sketch and then apply paint.  When dry, I coat with a varnish to add depth.

Peonies, Tulips and Sweet Peas Round 1 by Kathy Miller

Round 2….Reapply paint to the entire canvas … adding texture and color.  Add another coat of varnish for richness and depth.

Peonies, Tuilips and Sweet Peas round 2 painting by Kathy Miller

Round 3…add paint and texture … adjusting colors and line … There may be several layers added over the next few painting sessions.

Sign and finish with a final coat of varnish!

Peonies, Tulips and Sweet Peas original acrylic painting by Kathy Miller

Sometimes when I have something that is bothering me about a painting, I will turn it upside down or look at it (backwards or reversed) in a mirror I have on the wall…Funny how the mind works…if something is off it will stand out when put in these situations.

I tried something new with this one…I photographed it in black and white. It forces you to look at the lights and the darks! (Thank you Steve Leimberg @ for making me think to try this approach).

Peonies, Tulips and Sweet Peas Black and white photo of painting by Kathy Miller

Available for sale here in art gallery … friends and family discount will apply for Art of Living Subscribers.

Next Flower Friday, the second in the series!

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table or easel.


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