How to paint a vibrant floral still life

Colour and texture offer a perfect way to give vibrancy to a floral still-life. This demonstration shows how I use acrylic paint to create an underpainting, which I then work over in oils with a palette knife. My paintings, both the oils and mixed-media collage, are worked in layers. I find this approach brings real depth to the work.

The setting up of the still life is important and I see this very much as part of the painting process. I can choose the flowers, their colour and shape, as well as the drapes and the composition. 

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Sylvia exhibits in galleries throughout the UK and her work has been shown in many exhibitions including at the RA Summer Show. She has also had two exhibitions in Japan.