Creative Tuesday – Flowers May Fade

Creative Tuesday – Flowers May Fade

I really am not a fan of painting flowers. However, in the last while I have painted 2. But I thought I should do a fresh one for this challenge.

The challenge this week is FLOWER.

For this exercise I painted one taken from a bouquet that was given to me. In two weeks  Michael has given a challenge to paint a bouquet, so I thought it easier to paint the single flower (actually 2 flowers and 2 buds), then attempt the bouquet the next week.

Here are the two paintings I had all ready done.

This is called – IRIS (I know that’s very original)


And this is called FLOWER – (really original)


But today is the first time I painted from an actual flower that I held in my hand.

Here is the final outcome.

Isaiah 40:8
Isaiah 40:8

I couldn’t paint a flower without thinking about the world that God has created. As I held the flower and looked closely at its tiny petals, its intricate variegated edges, and how delicate it felt – I was in awe.

The bouquet I was given lasted over 2 weeks in a vase. I learned a secret from the “Flower Lady” – put ice in the vase every day. It works!

The grass withers, and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever (Isaiah 40:8, NIVUK)

As I watch this flower fade – these words strike a strong note in my heart. Once again, His Word is what remains for all of us.

Thanks to Michael at Creative Tuesdays. He has now moved to a new blog. You can look at other artwork from Creative Tuesdays.



  1. Thank you, Janis for the call out adn for your gorgeous entries. you really are a talented watercolourist. Love that Iris, especially and the fact you aren’t really into doing them, gives you all the more credit. Well done! BTW, wherever the sign up is where you will want to link to so for this one, on CT itself. I might even keep signups there actaully. We will see.

    1. Michael,
      Thank you! I am learning both more about watercolour and to actually think of myself as an artist. Relaxing more and not expecting perfection.
      I will follow where you want us to link up.

      Loving the challenges.


  2. I like them. I think it’s rather hard to paint flowers without some references, but you did a nice job.

    hope you have a lovely day.

    1. Lissa,
      The only reference I had for the carnation was a real one. The others were from photographs (to start anyway and then I change it around).

    1. Chris,
      I think the trick is not to think too much. Just put the paint on the paper and see what happens. At least that is what I am attempting now.

  3. Janis, all of your flower paintings are beautiful. Thanks for the sharing the “ice” tip and most of all for sharing that “The Word of God Endures Forever”. See your flowers are glorious! 🙂

  4. I love your art work, Janis, and the reflections which emerge as you create. Your flower images are beautiful and inspirational to me as I tentatively begin to make art again! Blessings to you. 🙂 x

    1. Joy,
      Thank you so much. Yes join me in letting yourself express yourself through art. Then you can join in Creative Tuesdays as well.

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