Friday, April 11, 2014

12 Fresh Primavera Painting Ideas

"My State Flower" 8x10 oil on panel
When you paint nature inspired paintings you always have new subject ideas. One of the art approaches I associate with spring is painting more high key with more delicate ethereal hues. (For more examples of high key paintings and art inspiration check out my Pinterest board: High Key Heaven.)

Vincent loved spring!
In addition to high key painting, consider all the wonderful subjects/themes an artist could capture in springtime or "primavera" (which just sounds more arty) as the Italians call this season. (Which aptly means first green.) You'll find some great examples of spring paintings on my Pinterest Board: Spring Flings.) And if you're ready to say good-bye to winter like I am here are some painting ideas for you:

  1. Spring Flowers (daffodil, tulips, crocus, lillies, pansies)
  2. Flowering Trees/Budding Branches (cherries, magnolias, lilacs)
  3. Spring (or Baby) Vegetables 
  4. Anything Parisian--as in April in Paris!
  5. Brunch/Breakfast Themes 
  6. Spring Animals (chicks, ducklings, bunnies, robins, lambs, kittens)
  7. Eggs (natural or decorated) and Nests
  8. Bonnets/Fancy Hats
  9. Rainy Day Things (puddles, boots, rain coat, umbrellas, raindrops, rainbows)
  10. Stormy Landscapes
  11. Sunlit  "candy" colors: Pinks, pale blues, butter yellows, lavenders...
  12. Things Found in a Garden (tools, birdhouses, fences, benches, statues, fountains)
Bonus painting idea: Paint one of your state symbols--here I've painted our beloved Colorado columbine. Have fun and happy painting! P.S. Most of my paintings posted between now and June will be for sale at the Summer Art Market.


  1. Thanks very much Sue--I've always loved blue and violet flowers of any kind. Warm regards from the studio, Aimee