I haven't tried painting the Ranunculus flower before. Although I love the shape and variety of this colourful bulb flower, I've been a bit put off by the intricacy required for the petals. They have a LOT of petals clustered really close together. It looks magnificent, but is a bit time consuming to draw and paint.
I used a photo from a gardening magazine for inspiration and tried to get a feel for the pattern shape of the petals whilst drawing, rather than copy each one exactly. I loved the bright orange colour of these particular flowers, though they do come in a wide variety of colours. The bright purple of the iris is a good contrast.
The background has some effects to give texture. The bottom left corner is supposed to be a glass vase, so I thought a dripping effect might suffice for that and the middle background has a peach undertone with light grey on top which has been sprinkled with salt for a speckled effect.
There's a lot going on with this painting. It feels a bit busy. In the future I think I will try the ranunculus again maybe just concentrating on a macro close up view which I think would be quite abstract and interesting.
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.