Wildflower Painting: Simple Acrylic Painting Ideas

Simple wildflower paintings for beginners on canvas

I’ll demonstrate how to paint straightforward wildflowers with acrylic paint in this blog article. Beginners may create this simple abstract floral painting with just a few simple brushes and a few colors.

I adore taking walks in the outdoors, and I’m fortunate that our city is surrounded by a ton of woodlands and meadows filled with gorgeous, vibrant flowers. A field of wildflowers at sunset at the end of the summer served as the model for this painting. Some of them are almost dry, and they all have warm tones. Even though it’s still warm outside, the slight wind forces you to sit and enjoy the sunset.

You might have never enjoyed watching the sun set over a field of wildflowers, but I do! It’s calming, much like the recently popular art form of painting.

So I tried to make a painting that complements our bedroom’s colors and has the same feel.

Let’s now get started on the picture!

Equipment and supplies:

A canvas panel (you might also use a canvas board), acrylic paints (see the precise colors in the list below), a sponge, a broad flat brush, a cat’s tongue brush, a tray or paint palette, white permanent marker, metallic pen.

Colors incorporated into this painting:

  • Lamp Black
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Titanium White

I haven’t utilized any of these colors in their purest forms, with the exception of white. I enjoy blending and making my own colors.

A step-by-step guide

Acrylic paint dries rather quickly, especially when combined with water and used sparingly. Although I built this painting up in layers, I didn’t have to wait for each layer to dry before adding new components.

I had enough time to allow the previous layer to dry after I finished mixing the colors.

Creating a background with a haze

You must paint a background that is fuzzy first. With a sponge, you can accomplish it with ease.Sand and nude are two beige or neutral hues that I blended. On the lower 3/4 of the canvas, I randomly placed nude patches with the sponge. I then filled in the spaces with the sand color.

I diluted some white paint and applied it in circles to blend the colors and create a blurred look.

I advise against doing a palate cleanser. Allow the white to blend with the other colors. Spread some of the off-white pigments on the area of your canvas that is still vacant at the top as well.


I believed that layering grass and flowers was the simplest method to paint a meadow of wildflowers. In order to create depth, I chose one element for each layer and made my color selections by going from lightest to darkest.

Don’t just paint the elements in “gaps” and empty places; make sure they overlap to create depth.

Initial layer

I used tall, pointy-leaved foliage for the top layer.

I combined white, raw umber, and a tinge of black to create the taupe hue. To make the paint easier to distribute, thin it out with water.

In the past several months, I’ve seen a few watercolor painting tutorials and I’ve really enjoyed the way they painted leaves. Simple leaves that you can create with just one brushstroke are my favorite. Fill the brush with paint first. When you reach the stem to make the finishing perfect, lightly touch the paper to begin, press down for the body, and then release.

To obtain a natural effect, avoid making the leaves perfectly symmetrical. Instead, include random overlaps and curves, some longer than others.

NOTE: To give the image a more dimensional appearance, I should have made this hue lighter.

Second layer

I chose round-leaved vegetation for the second layer. I blended a lovely caramel shade because I wanted to create it in a warmer tone. After I finished the painting, I understood that in order for it to complement the other colors, I should have made it less saturated.

I mixed burnt sienna, yellow ochre, white, and a tiny bit of raw umber to get the caramel color.

For the stems, I used a circular brush, and for the leaves, a cat tongue brush. The’secret’ to painting these leaves is spinning the brush and applying different amounts of pressure to change the size and form.

Because you won’t be able to construct the leaves with a dry brush or you will need to go over them again, make sure your brush is always filled with paint.

Third hue

I suppose it was time for actual flowers. By placing them in the foreground and making them the darkest part of the acrylic painting, I made them the focal point.

It would have been too harsh to make them black, so I chose dark brown. I blended all the colors I had on my tray before adding black and raw umber to get the hue I wanted. I used a circular brush to paint the stems before switching to a huge flat brush to paint the flowers and buds. To get a natural appearance, it is best to alter the petals’ size and position.

Small particulars

I enjoy including little extras in my paintings and other artistic endeavors. They transform a mundane object into something magnificent.

With a white permanent marker, I started. Around the grass I painted on the first layer, I created lines. This ‘effect’ makes me think of how the wind blows the grass.

The second layer was afterwards embellished with dots and specks.

Finally, I embellished the flowers with stamens.

I filled in the gaps with a gold marker since I adore the way paintings look with subdued metallic touches.

They appear in the grass as shimmering small bugs. Additionally, metallic acrylic paint can be applied with q-tips or the incorrect end of a brush.

Hints and techniques

1. Play around with the tools and paint

Grab a piece of paper and begin testing if you are a beginner and have never actually painted flowers and greenery before. I enjoy following methods for watercolor paintings, however you have to thin acrylic paint. This video, for instance, will demonstrate some easy leaf modifications.

The use of watercolors differs from the use of acrylic. However, the method makes extensive use of simple forms and components that you can utilize while painting with other media.

Experiment! For the same elements, experiment with various brush sizes and types, including synthetic and natural hair, soft and bristle, and thick and diluted acrylic paint.

2. View the work of other artists

Even experts might pick up fresh ideas and original methods from others. Watch as many videos about acrylic painting as you can. Although there are acrylic painting classes available, if you want to learn how to paint with acrylics, Youtube is a gold mine.

Final thoughts on depicting a wildflower meadow in painting

I’m pleased with the way my painting of wildflowers turned out and I hope you are too. It’s a simple craft that is suitable for people of all abilities. You can easily modify this lesson to fit your preferences.

This easy painting method provided me more creative ideas. This technique seems ideal for painting autumnal leaves.