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E-PAINTING PATTERN - Flemish Floral Still Life - by Susan Abdella,MDA

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E-PAINTING PATTERN - Flemish Floral Still Life - by Susan Abdella,MDA

This is an extensive study E-Packet - In this lesson, artist and teacher Susan Abdella provides step by step instructions and photographs to complete this painting using a popular painting method used by the Flemish asters of the Golden Age.


General Theory used in this Lesson:

Using the values of the “Dead Layer” to create form.

Viewing the design as a whole. In other words think of the bouquet as an oval, rounded and convex. The light is coming from the lower left. The light area of the oval would be the lower left quadrant. The rose, large daisy and leaf are in this area and haven’t we been taught to shade, in this case, the base of the leaf since the rose and daisy are on top of it? Well the Flemish didn’t do this and I think they were right. Those 3 elements and the bud are in the front and therefore in the direct path of light.

Objectives of the Lesson:

  • Understand and appreciate the steps and reasoning of the classic Flemish painting method.
  • Become proficient with using color glazes.
  • Develop form and interest in flowers through the use of the “dead layer”.
  • Understand and appreciate the symbolism used in Dutch Golden Age Paintings.


DecoArt Traditions Acrylic Paints

Burnt Umber - PBr 7

Carbon Black – PBk 7

Dairylide Yellow – PY 83

Dark Grey Value 3

Hansa Yellow – PY 74

Indian Yellow - PY 139

Light Grey Value 8

Medium Grey Value 6

Medium White

Naphthol Red – PR 170

Yellow Oxide – PY 43

Pine Green

Prussian Blue Hue

Quinacridone Gold - PO 48

Raw Sienna – PBr 7 Red Violet – PV 19

Titanium White – PW 6

Ultramarine Blue – PB 29

Warm White

Yellow Oxide – PY 43

Naphthol Red Light – PR


DecoArt Traditions Mediums:

Glazing Medium

Extender & Blending Medium

Multi-Surface Sealer

Satin Varnish

Light Primer


DecoArt Traditions Brushes:

Round #3 – TB21

Round #4 – TB22

Chisel Blender #6 – TB61

Chisel Blender #8 – TB62

Mop Oval 3/4” – TB51

Short Liner #1 - TB11

Large Mop 1” –TB141

Angular 1/8" - TB71

Angular 3/8” - TB73

Filbert #6 – TB41

Filbert #8 –TB42

Quill #3 - TB13

Variety of Small Mop and Detail Brushes

1” or 2” Wash Brush to apply varnish.


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  • 4
    Very useful for those, who interested in Flemish Technique

    Posted by Elena on 30th Nov 2012

    I found much of helpful and useful information throughout this lesson, it describes all the main stages of Flemish painting technique with good examples. The only thing why rating is not the 5 stars is that example photos are in poor quality, especially main pic and "dead layer" pics, that are very important, and its is not helping the work. Should that be changed, i would value this lesson much more.

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