Katie Liddiard

Principles of Composing a Floral Still Life in Oil

Katie Liddiard
Sign in
Sign in or Get Access to view full class!
  • In-depth Instruction; over 179 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
  • Available for purchase: $39.99
Have you wanted to create your own floral still lifes but don’t know where to start? Artist Katie Liddiard composes a floral still life with roses and talks about her decisions at every step of development. She covers how flowers open, how to think about color harmonies throughout the composition, how to create movement for the eye within the composition, and how she uses leaves as accessories to keep the focus on the blooms.
Floral artist, Katie Liddiard, takes you through how to actually start your painting after you’ve composed your still life. She describes how she draws the composition on the canvas with paint. Then she takes you through how to mix and paint with the simple foundational “local” colors to finish blocking in the painting and get it ready for the next step.
We have the foundational lines and the wash on the canvas of what is starting to look like flowers. Where do we go from here? Join artist Katie Liddiard as she develops her floral still life through the impression stage where the dive into the study of flat form and paint application really begins.
Now that we’ve taken the floral still life into a solid impression, let’s find out what needs to be done to wrap it up with the finishing touches. Katie Liddiard shows you how to extend the flat form into rounded form and then finally addresses the background with the supporting leaves and atmosphere. Remember to ask yourself, “What does the painting need?” before finally calling your piece done.
4 Lessons
2  hrs 59  mins

Still life artist, Katie Liddiard, guides you through each stage of development for painting a floral still life. Join her as she starts out with developing the composition with live roses. She aims to create a dynamic set up that has movement for the eye, while preparing for the subtle opening of the live flowers during the process of observing them. She’ll then move on to explaining how she draws the composition on the surface in paint, followed by laying in the initial wash of the painting. Then she moves onto developing the impression where the study of simplified form comes into play. Once the impression stage has had time to dry, it’s time to finish the still life. Katie shows you how to take the flat, simple form of the impression into rounded form. Finally, she brings the whole painting together by addressing the background and allowing the supporting elements, like leaves and atmosphere, to balance the piece.

At every stage she allows the flowers to continue being themselves instead of trying to control their opening. She notes that she isn’t painting these flowers in one exact moment, but painting them in a series of moments to try and infuse the most beautiful parts into the piece. This allows for more movement in the painting, even though it may also bring some back and forth chasing to capture those beautiful moments on the canvas. Remember to step back, squint, and simplify throughout the whole process.

Katie Liddiard

Katie J. Liddiard was born in Logan, Utah in 1984. She attended Snow College in Ephraim, Utah and afterward attended the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. When the Masters Academy of Art opened up closer to her home in Springville, Utah she finished her studies there. Upon graduating she became the Assistant Director of the Masters Academy where she guided students to become self-sustaining artists. After having served in that capacity for several years, she decided to focus on her own work and now paints in her home studio in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Katie Liddiard

Bonus materials available after purchase

Principles of Composing a Floral Still Life in Oil Join Craftsy to continue watching for $11.00 per month / $113.00 per year or purchase this class for $39.99.