How to Paint Realistic Flowers > In Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, pastel artist Vera Kavura can be found painting her favorite subject: flowers, which she describes as “natural, beautiful, and diverse.”
Kavura began drawing as a child and over the years experimented with different techniques until, in 2016, she discovered painting with pastels. “The pastel medium allows me to work quickly and catch all the color nuances,” she says. “A single photo cannot reflect the shine of a flower’s petals; by painting a bouquet with pastel, I’m able to catch changes in the light and shadows, and even the movement of the petals.”
Her approach to painting flowers is to start right away with color, versus sketching. She then adds details as she paints, a process that allows her to “be constantly in unity with nature.”
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Kavura tells us her process begins with the selection of flowers, which she carefully chooses based on their form and color. She paints from a live bouquet using natural light.
“My flowers seem to be very realistic but it is the pastel, the form, and the color, which allows me to create the character and spirit of the flowers,” she says. “To make smile a viewer and feel a sweet mood – this is my mission in the drawing, by means of flashing the real miracle of nature – flowers.”
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