Larger Than Life Flower Painting

I don’t usually paint flowers as I find they’re lacking the emotion and ‘story’ that I think is important in a successful painting.

However, it makes a great study and is helpful for practicing technique so still worthwhile.

I took a photo of our last Dahlia of the season (2016), enlarged and framed it on the computer screen and took a screenshot to use as a reference photo. I’ve always admired closeups of plants and flowers so I thought I’d give it a try! 

Larger than life watercolor painting

What do you think? Do you like painting larger than life flowers?