An Acrylic Study, White Floral, based off a demo by Will Kemp

“Creativity takes courage,” by Henri Matisse

I have lacked the courage and confidence to paint these beautiful creatures of nature do mainly to my lack of experience with acrylics and paint brushes.

It’s been my desire to paint flowers using acrylics.  Last year I found a video demonstration by Will Kemp painting an impressionist rendering of a floral arrangement – it was exactly what I had looked for!!  There was no excuse – I had to take the opportunity to learn and maybe then I could move forward.

White Floral, (8×10) was done using acrylic paints on canvas paper.  I loved the experience of painting this still life from exploring acrylics, learning several mediums, to painting with a variety of paint brushes.  It was really everything I had hoped for in an exercise and gave me the tools to get started.

Even though after painting this arrangement I had to set my brushes aside for several months, at least I was able to give this a go.  There will definitely be more floral paintings  ahead, that I’m sure of.

Thank you for visiting ~

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74 Responses to An Acrylic Study, White Floral, based off a demo by Will Kemp

  1. Leah J Smith says:

    So beautiful! I love it!

  2. You say you haven’t done this sort of thing before? You coulda fooled me!

  3. This is terrific Mary! Your acrylic work has really taken off!! ~Rita

  4. Tidbits says:

    this is such a gem !! you are very talented.

  5. You are so gifted and I’m glad you tried a new thing. White is difficult to paint, say my artist friends.

    • Mary says:

      So happy to see you again Cynthia – hope you are well and enjoying the summer weather. Your gardens must be gorgeous! Thank you always for being so thoughtful in your words – I really appreciate it.

  6. Penny L Howe says:

    Hi, Mary. The wonderful thing about artistic creativity is our glorious creations and the sharing thereof. Simply, simply beautiful, my friend.

  7. With color tone and shape you have created the illusion of depth or 3-D very well. Stems and water bottom half of glass successful too.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Carl, I found your comment in my spam box – sorry. I really enjoyed reading your read on this painting is was a great workout and hoping to do another painting of a few beautiful white roses from my garden. Thank you for visiting, always appreciated.

  8. dsaquarelles says:

    very beautiful flowers!

  9. mihrank says:

    this is so elegance and amazing….

  10. hilda5462 says:

    Lovely, Mary – Will Kemp is an excellent teacher, isn’t he?! 🙂

  11. Timelesslady says:

    Mary, this is stunning…your art gets better and better over the years.

  12. ladyfi says:

    So very beautiful.

  13. neihtn2012 says:

    Very beautiful painting! Mary, you should definitely get back into acrylic painting!

  14. Resa says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, Mary! I adore this work, and all of your work. I’ve never seen a painting here that Idon’t like. Your style is sweet and generous!

  15. restlessjo says:

    This is so pretty, Mary, and well done to you for trying something different. It’s worked beautifully and I’m sure you’ll have pleasure experimenting in this medium, now you’ve started. 🙂 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Jo, thanks so much. I’ve really enjoyed painting with acrylics , looking forward to spending more time on my art over the next couple of months

  16. cmartzloff says:

    I love this Mary! Is so sensitive. I think I really like all the varied degrees of white you incorporated. Stunning!

  17. Gallivanta says:

    Charming and peaceful. 🙂

  18. Hi Mary! You never cease to amaze and surprise me! Acrylic painting. This is beautiful! A wonderful painting.

  19. dorannrule says:

    You are soooooo good! I love this one, but I love so many.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Dorann for always being present and expressing yourself with such spirit, can’t tell you how much it means to me. Here is to another awesome week ahead ~

  20. Joe L M says:

    Beautiful! I find painting flowers difficult but I’ll keep trying

    • Mary says:

      I understand and I will continue to do the same. The challenge of working them out and seeing what becomes of a blank canvas (especially with acrylics) is what I enjoy. Keep on, keeping on Joe!

  21. That beautiful painting would look wonderful in anyone’s home. Gorgeous. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Judy for your kind words of encouragement – Happy Spring to you in New England and hope you have a warm and sunny season.

  22. Miss Mary
    This is beautiful work, right balance and depth, right tones, and the overall impact is one of tranquility.
    Big hugs

    uncle john

  23. Beautiful, Mary! ❤

  24. Sometimes ( oft ?) it is not easy to take courage! But you did and got a very successful piece! Love the delicate tones. The color of the leaves. The glass. Wow, really a lovely painting. Thanks for sharing.
    PS: I’ll write down this Matisse sentence and pin it in front of my working table 🙂

    • Mary says:

      I really enjoyed your response Robert and that Matisse’s quote spoke to you. Appreciate your kind words and read of this painting – the leaves were hard to balance with the delicate flower petals, thanks for pointing them out.

  25. I love the subtly of the muted colours. Very nicely done, Mary.

  26. Novus Lectio says:


  27. Well, that certainly doesn’t look like it was painted by someone who is inexperienced. Wow! That’s gorgeous, Mary!

  28. That’s brilliant Mary, it’s good to step out of our comfort zones. I never thought I would take to digital painting but I love it now 🌹

  29. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful…food for the soul. Yours and the viewer. Thank you.

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