Thursday 17 June 2010

'pay it forward' gift a step by step painting

A couple of days ago, Shelly let me know that she received my Pay It Forward gift so I can post a pic now.

Shelly mentioned that her favourite flower was an orange hibiscus so that's what I painted for her.

I took some step by step pics to show the process of painting the piece.

Step One - I blocked in the base colour and did some line/vein work

Step Two - I painted in the throat of the hibiscus

Step Three - I blocked in the stamen and applied first layer of background colour

Step Four (final step) - I finished details of the stamen and applied final coat to background.

Orange Hibiscus on 5"x5" gallery-wrapped canvas using Matisse acrylics
© Serena Lewis

Please stay tuned over the coming days as I have some exciting news to share with you all.

~ love, light and peace ~


  1. Oh, I love good news! :):)
    This is just gorgeous! I am still so in awe of your talent, Lady!

  2. Serena, OMG!!! I love that orange flower! You are so talented! Wow!! Thanks for showing how you did it, cuz I wouldn't have a clue. I feel like painting is a level above drawing and I'm still at the drawing level! Beautiful work :D

  3. Serena the colors on this hibiscus
    are brilliant. Your talent amazes me.

  4. You make it look so easy! I know if I took those same steps mine would look nothing like that!! I'm sure Shelly loves it.

  5. Yes, Yes, Yes...I'm so thrilled to receive an art piece from you. Your ability to capture a live image on canvas is amazing. Right now I have it at my office desk where everyone can see and enjoy it. I shared the cookies with my granddaughter and of course, she was delighted. Thanks again Serena...I have been working on my pay it forward ideas and wishes to you and yours....Shelly

  6. Hi Serena,
    Oh, wow, what a great "pay it forward" gift.
    The Hibiscus is painted beautifully with all the details in the right place.
    Thanks for sharing your step pictures with us.
    Have a great weekend,
    Looking forward to hearing the news.

  7. Hi Serena. That is awesome. I love the step by step process. What a great job and gift. Thanks for sharing. Have a great Friday and weekend.

  8. Just gorgeous. I really enjoy reading your blog and have lurked for a while so today I thought that I would finally say something. Namaste.

  9. Thank you, everyone ~ :)

    Shelly, I'm so glad you liked the painted gift and goodies. :)

  10. OMG! are amazing!!! This is just stunning! I love the two tone adds so much drama!!! Wowzers!!!!!

  11. Serena,

    The hibiscus turned out AMAZING! The blue background really makes the flower pop! You are so talented.

  12. Beautiful, you are a great artist.

  13. Absolutely beautiful! Look forward to the upcoming exciting news.

  14. Beautiful painting as always Serena.

  15. Dynamic painting!
    Loved the tutorial as well.
    I really enjoy paintings of animals and you appear to paint them extremely well!!!
    Your new blog friend Terry

  16. Hi Serena, I'm so happy that you found my blog, because now I've found yours. Your work is exceptional--your whole blog is great--thank you so much for sharing your art!!

  17. Serena, you are such an amazing artist -- and a generous soul. I'm in awe of what you've done here. :)

  18. Hello Serena!

    this was such a great seeing it come to life!

    and your use of bold colours...really pops! well done, my talented friend! well done!

    have a great Sunday!
    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  19. Wow! Just beautiful, what a gifted artist you are and she is very lucky to have this gorgeous piece from you!

  20. it's great to see the progression Serena....I have no clue about painting at all.... but it looks like it takes a lot of time and patience ....