Buy sweet pea artworks

Botanical illustration is one of the most attractive genres of fine art. For hundreds of years it has had a primarily utilitarian function – folk healers, doctors, botanists and travellers needed images of plants to identify and classify them. But lately the genre has become popular, as opposed to pure science, and many artists are fond of realistic, documentary portrayals of plants. One common subject of botanical illustration is the sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus). It is also popular in still lifes, often in combination with other flowers, and in art photography.

Sweet pea flower painting: the popularity secret

Sweet pea is native to the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated in Europe for centuries and botanists have developed quite a few varieties. There is even a National Sweet Pea Society in the UK! Purple, scarlet, caramel, pink, soft mauve, snow white – it is impossible to list all the shades of flowers of this plant, moreover, it curls and has graceful spiral lines. Of course, artists as well as gardeners have come to appreciate this feature of the sweet pea and are happy to paint it.

What are common painted styles of sweet pea drawing?

On all the online art marketplaces you can find sweet pea botanical drawing in different styles. Most often, sweet pea is painted in a realistic style (often hyper-realism, photorealism), but also in impressionistic and post-impressionistic styles. To reproduce the shades of sweet pea flowers in watercolour, acrylics or oil is a difficult but interesting task. In classical watercolour technique on wet paper where the base is quickly painted and then delicate details are added, the sweet pea is shown in all its beauty. No less striking is the image of the plant in an oil painting on canvas, where the artist has more time for thoughtful work on every shade, every wavy petal.

What materials are used to draw sweet pea flowers?

Sweet pea can be painted using a variety of art materials:

  • Oil on canvas, wood
  • Acrylic on canvas, paper, ceramics
  • Watercolor on paper
  • Coloured pencils (including watercolours)
  • Pastel
  • Ink, quill
  • Crayons
  • Liners
  • Gel pens
  • Digital (graphics tablet, etc.)

For experimenting with sweet pea flowers you will need a broad palette of colours to represent different shades of petals and several sizes of brushes, from thick (hard for oil and soft for watercolour) to very thin to work on details. For watercolours it’s better to work on special paper with grainy colours for expressive effects. Pastels, on the other hand, often use harsh, grainy solids up to fine sandpaper.

The collection of the online art platform G.ART Gallery features works by artist Mariia Bykova (Ukraine), who has created a series of sweet renditions using ink and pen. It is interesting that Mariia particularly likes to work with old antique pens, which allow making plastic lines of different thickness

How to choose sweet pea artwork?

Paintings and drawings with sweet pea flowers tend to be delicate and graceful. Such work can get lost in a large room, but would look great in a small living room, a cosy bedroom or a bright children’s room. When choosing a sweet pea work pay attention to technique, colour and size – such filters are available on our online gallery. It may need a frame (especially for graphics and watercolours) and additional lighting to display it in an interior.

How to buy sweet peas painting on G.ART Gallery?

G.ART Gallery has developed a clear algorithm for the online sale of works by Eastern European artists. All you have to do is choose an artwork and pay in a convenient way. The gallery guarantees quality packaging and delivery by trusted shipping companies. Specialists at G.ART Gallery are ready to advise the purchaser at all stages.

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