Sunflower in a Mason Jar with a pumpkin painting tutorial. You can paint this still life from these instructions but there is a full Masterclass workshop with video and a more detailed step by step painting workbook available for you as well.
Paint Sunflowers in a Mason jar with a pumpkin, quickly and easily. Get the more detailed video workshop or workbook. The workshop includes a step by step workbook, pattern and downloadable videos for you to use and keep. The workbook alone is also available.
This painting tutorial is a overview of the lesson which you can easily use to create your own painting. I link to more detailed instructions for certain elements here on the website.
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This painting is on an 11 x 14 wrapped canvas. I use the ones from Michaels but these from Art Alternatives work well also. Be sure to watch for sales at Michaels on the value packs of artists canvas, they ship too.
The colors used are as follows (you are certainly welcome to choose different colors)
Plaid FolkArt Multi surface or Regular acrylics:
#12 Flat Brush
- Plaid FolkArt Multi surface or Regular acrylics:
- Wicker White
- Vintage White
- Yellow Ocher
- Moon Yellow
- Daffodil Yellow
- Sap Green
- Citrus Green
- Urban Putty
- Burnt Umber
- Dioxazine Purple
- Azure Blue
- Floating Medium
- #12 Flat Brush
- #2 Liner
- Paint background
- Transfer design to surface
- Lay in undercoat of sunflowers and leaves
- Paint jar outline
- Base paint pumpkin with Yellow Ocher
- Paint Sunflower petals with Moon Yellow
- Add Citrus Green to leaves
- Add a touch of Pure Orange to base of petals
- Use Burnt Umber to paint Sunflower center
- Touch in some Sap Green and Citrus to center of sunflower center
- Add Stems with Sap Green, add Calyx to side facing sunflowers with mix of greens
- Paint Pumpkin white
- Add gray mix to pumpkin ribs
- Paint pumpkin again with Vintage white, leaving some Wicker White showing
- Paint Pumpkin and Sunflower stems
- Shade Jar with transparent Azure blue
- Paint pumpkin stem with Burnt Umber
- Finish with a curlicue on Pumpkin stem
I list the colors I used, you can easily use your own choice of colors.
For a list of the painting supplies I use with every painting I do please visit here: Basic Painting Supplies you will find helpful.
Let’s start with the background. This background very similar to the one shared with you in the bicycle painting. But the color is graduated from right to left on this canvas.
Using a 2 inch brush or a sponge apply Urban Putting starting from the left and working towards the right. Add white as you go, very little at first then more to create an ombre effect across the canvas
(personally, if I were to do this painting again I would do a different color background, this one turned out more yellow than I wished)
Transfer the design or free hand it on, the downloadable pattern is here.
I basically sketch on an outline with a charcoal pencil.
Sunflower and Pumpkin Underpainting
Using the #12 flat brush create the table base with a blend of Burnt Umber and Wicker white.
Start a bit darker on the left side and add more white as you paint towards the right. Just like when you did the background. (you can change the colors here too, don’t be afraid to experiment!)
Note: I use the #12 flat brush until the end.
Using Yellow Ocher loosely paint in the petals of the Sunflower. This is the under painting only. Note that it is not in the petal shapes. Just a wash of color.
Using Yellow Ocher again, outline the pumpkin.
Painting Leaf Shadows
Add in the darks of the leaves at the base using Sap Green. These are not stroke work leaves so just dab in the color.
Paint the Mason Jar
Load the brush with Floating Medium and side load with Wicker White, drag the color around the outline of the jar.
Repeat with a touch of the Azure Blue.
For a more detailed tutorial on How to Paint a Mason Jar press here.
Using Moon Yellow paint sunflower petals around center of Sunflower, leave the under painting showing around edges of petals. Paint the petals on the side facing sunflowers as well.
Keep the shadow side darker. Add a touch of Pure Orange to the petals near the base.
Start to add some Citrus Green to the leaves.
Paint Sunflower Center
Using Burnt Umber dab in the circle center of the Sunflower. Dabbing helps to create texture but if you wish you can stroke it in as well.
Related: Paint a Sunflower on Fabric
Let the Burnt Umber dry. While the Sunflower center dries pull in the stems using Sap Green and a touch of burnt umber. Highlight with Citrus green.
When the center is nearly dry tap in some Sap Green and Citrus green in a small circle directly in the center.
Add highlights, calyx and undercoat pumpkin
Using Daffodil Yellow, touch some highlights onto the Sunflower petals. Note how the left side is left darker. Do the same with the side facing sunflowers.
Using Sap Green and Citrus Green side load your brush and create the calyxs on the side facing sunflowers. Drag the brush on the chisel edge to create them.
Under coat the pumpkin with Yellow Ocher. Using Sap Green lightly restate the pumpkin ribs.
Paint in Jar
Using floating medium and a side load of Wicker White paint on a slight arc for a water line over the stems in the jar. Do again.
Load the brush with Floating medium and Azure blue. Blend until it is very transparent, paint a wash of color on the mason jar to give it a tint.
Paint the pumpkin with Wicker White, letting the ribs show a bit.
Mix up a light blueish gray using Wicker White, tiny touch of Black and a touch of the Azure Blue.
Side load the brush with this mix and paint the ribs of the pumpkin following the contours.
Finish up painting pumpkin
Using Vintage White paint sections of pumpkin, no need to completely cover the Wicker White, you want variation in colors.
If you get too heavy handed with the Vintage White, just add touches of white back in.
Using Burnt Umber paint the pumpkin stem. Shadow the left side with a touch of black and highlight the right side with a touch of Vintage white.
Paint a curlique
Using the liner brush and inky Sap Green, paint a swirly line to emulate a tendril attached to the pumpkin stem.
Congratulations! You have painted a Fall inspired still life of Sunflowers in a Mason Jar with a Pumpkin.
Note: a new feature I have added to the video workshops is the ability to download the videos so you can paint along even without an internet connection. (you will need internet to initially download and save to your device)
I wish you Happy Fall Painting!