Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community & More!

10 Lessons – $140.25 $165

Are you ready to work large and loose with lots freedom and color? Lynn Whipple takes you on a playful and layered approach to painting and drawing that embraces your wild side using acrylics, charcoal and chalk on canvases both small and big!

Repeat Session: November 6-17, 2023!
On Sale for $90.75

TEACHER: Lynn Whipple

Class Description

Join us for a Repeat Session of Lynn Whipple’s most popular class! Class dates with fresh new forums are November 6-17, 2023.

45% Off!
Sale Price: $90.75 

Upon signup, you will receive instant access to all of the lessons, but we encourage you to wait until November 6th so you can go through the class together. You will receive an email with more information within a few days.

(And if you have previously signed up for this class and would like to join the fun again at no additional cost, click HERE to sign up for the email list.)

This re-run means is that the community will be moving through the 10 lessons TOGETHER at the same time (November 6-17)… so if you want to participate in the forums, others will be doing the lessons at roughly the same time, so you can see other people’s take on the lessons, and Lynn will be present in the forums for commenting, cheerleading and question over the two weeks of the “re-run.”
This 10-lesson class was originally released over five-weeks, but for this re-run we have condensed it down to just two weeks… it will be a brisk pace! But remember you have forever access to the videos so don’t worry, and you can of course modify the lessons to fit this shorter time frame (i.e., work smaller, etc.)
I hope you can join in!


Class Description

Paint Big! Paint Vibrantly! Paint Loose! Paint Blooms!

Are you ready to work large and loose with lots freedom and color?? I’m thrilled to share with you a playful, layered approach to painting and drawing that embraces your wild side!

Using acrylic paint, charcoal and colorful chalk pastel, I will walk you through exercises, methods and techniques that will allow you to push your work towards abstraction. We will explore together a fresh, painterly interpretation of a traditional subject matter… FLOWERS!

We’ll begin our Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting journey on 11″x14″ paper with an exercise called  “Mark-Making to Music.” These timed, pastel floral drawings will encourage loose-line work, energized shapes, bold marks, unexpected color combinations and fun and freedom!

Next we will take the energy of our pastel drawings and scale it up! Working on three 24″x30″ canvases we will prepare each canvas with a different ground color, then add a very special charcoal technique, followed by a loose and greyed-down under painting. Now, more paint! More mark making! More color! Each layer leads to the next as we create our Big Bold Bloom Wild Paintings!

LETS GO BIG!!! Using the best of our previous work as guide and inspiration, we’ll work BIG and BOLD on one large 36″x48″ canvas. Lots of painting and dancing with color, layering, drawing, designing, spinning the canvas, energized mark making, composition and more! I can’t wait!!!!

Class Itinerary

Lesson 1 – Mark Making to Music
Working with pastel on paper 11″x14″ paper, you will turn your studio into a blaze of mark making and vibrant color! Using timed drawing exercises, you will translate flowers into simple, energized, abstracted shapes and planes, while exploring the different ways to describe and design vibrant blooms. Next you will create your first flower arrangement with your fresh and free floral drawings.

Lesson 2 – Growing Flowers. Working larger, working layers
Moving to 24″x30″ canvas, we’ll begin by preparing each of our three canvases with a different ground color: One orange, one medium blue gray and one thickly painted with gesso. Then we ‘ll do a 3-part “spin-drawing” on each canvas with charcoal, using flowers as our muse. A final criss-cross pattern on top will set us up for our next layer of paint. Very exciting!

Lesson 3 – Painting in neutrals. Finding design
We’ll look for all of the abstracted shapes that came from our floral charcoal “spin-drawings” and fill our canvas’s with blocks of neutral tones to create a lovely under-painting. These warm and cool colors, our grey blues and grey greens will set us up to show off our next layer of vibrant color. You will fall in love with this layer!

Lesson 4 – Painting Flowers from Life
Fill your studio with a big, fresh, new batch of blooms! Enjoy choosing the flowers that you like best! Go for a variety of colors, shapes, sizes with a nice mix of leafy greens (darks) mixed in. Create a large wild bouquet that makes you happy! (You might add a few sunflowers into your bouquet as they are super fun to draw and paint.) Then look for the perfect place on your canvas to lay down your “hero” floral drawing on top of your under painting. Using a light source on one side will help you see the forms of the flowers. Draw your flowers in loose and free! Use both hands! Go back and forth from quiet, close looking to taking lots of liberties!

Lesson 5 – Cut in the background. Push and pull
Now that we have our larger blooms in place, we’ll look again and begin to cut in around the flowers, bringing out the petal shapes, leaf shapes and more. This is a great exercise in “push and pull” which helps our painting have a forward “main event” and an understated background. We will work on the back layer (which helps describe the foreground) as well as the table top plane and the vase shape.

Lesson 6 – Energizing with Pastels!
OH so MUCH FUN!! Now our big pot of blooms is painted! Everything is falling into place. Bravo!! It’s time to draw on top! Use your fresh line work inside and outside of your painted shapes. Play with vibrating color on top of color. Use your brights to describe your highlights. Let your personality jump on to the canvas! Play!

Lesson 7 – Final Tweaks and Touches
We’ll back up and look over the entire painting now, squint, change small things, tweak the drawing on top, do another layer of paint on the background and smudge the edges of the drawing to give your flowers a halo effect. It’s time to add the extra highlights with cream paint that will really make your piece pop. Finally, you’ll sign your name in the perfect spot. A dusting of spray fixative over the entire painting will seal the pastel so it won’t smear.

Lesson 8 – Painting Big and Bold pt. 1
Now that we have done the entire process in a medium sized format, LETS GO BIG!! We’ll be working on one large canvas 36″x48″!  (Go smaller if you prefer.) We begin by preparing the first layer of ground color. Choose your most successful of the smaller works as your guide. If you love the orange peeking through, start with orange, if you love the grey and the way it pops your top colors you will prepare your canvas with a grey background. Once that is dry, you will do your 3-part spin-drawing!! Add the extra 5-6 criss cross lines to help form your abstracted sections.

Lesson 9 – Painting Big and Bold pt. 2
Let’s lay in the color for our underpainting using the most successful of the earlier paintings. This will create an interesting layer that will help our final painting and create interest that we would not get otherwise. These under paintings are usually very fun to paint and very free! There is no wrong way!! Next lets spin the canvas as we look for the perfect place to draw in our final giant pot of blooms. Squint your eyes! Try not to center your pot of flowers, but sketch it in a little to the left or right. Take your time and enjoy looking deeply at the shapes. Now paint your flowers with the first pass of vibrant color. Play with drips, and darks! Let that dry and add another pass of color when you are ready! Dance! Have fun!

Lesson 10 – Painting Big and Bold pt. 3
As our layers are building, we will consider the best way to handle the background and the table top plane. Using our eye for the push and pull, this is a very exciting time to finalize your larger design. You may choose to leave more of your underpainting showing or to cover it up with a slightly more solid color, either light or dark. Once your background and floral layer are working, let’s add your colorful, loose pastel drawing and mark making! Tweak your final design by adding painted cream highlights, smudging your edges and finding a great spot for your signature. Behold!! Your Big Bold Beautiful Blooms!! Free, fresh and very YOU!!


Supply list:

Note: These are suggested supplies for the full experience. Many people will opt to work smaller or on different substrates, depending on their time and budgets… please do what is best for you!

– Three 24″x30″ canvases
– One 36″x48″ canvas
– One Pad of 11″x14″ mixed media paper (or 6-8 pieces of 11″x14″ paper, smooth finish)
– Several sticks of vine charcoal
– Nice variety of soft or chalk pastels with some super brights (a good brand of chalk pastel is Rembrandt)
– Acrylic paints. I use flat house paints from Home Depot, Lowes or any hardware store that offers sample sized paints. You can choose your personal palette from all of the paint chip colors. They will gladly make all the colors you choose in an affordable sample size. If a “flat” finish is not available, eggshell or satin finish works well.

Color Notes:

Neutral grays. You will need a light and dark of a cool gray (leaning towards the blue family) and a light and dark of a warm gray (those with a little more yellow in them)
Lightest light and darkest dark. You will need a bright clean cream color and a black.
Primary colors. You will need at least one light and one dark of red, blue and yellow. (more than 2 or each primary is great too)

Secondary colors. You will need one strong medium orange and 2 interesting greens, both light and dark.

When choosing your Primary and Secondary colors go vibrant, go deep! Go with colors that appeal to YOU! If you love pink, grab a fun pink! We will be able to create and mix any color from these.

Golden fluid acrylics in dark colors such as Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green and Alizarine Crimson are great to add to your palette and help create rich interesting darks. A small amount is all you need. You can also use other tubes or jars of acrylic paint if you prefer.
Spray Varnish to seal your pastels. Kamar Crystal Clear Spray Varnish by Krylon, Golden Archival Spray Varnish or Winsor & Newton Spray Varnish. These all work well. I prefer a Satin finish. Please read the directions on the can for great tips on applying.

– A graphite stick or soft lead pencil
– Scissors
– Scotch tape or glue stick
– Brushes (inexpensive “throw away” brushes from the hardware store are fine) 1 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch.
– One round brush (#8-#10) is nice to create a different brush stroke. (or use any brushes you have already)
– Rags or old cut up t-shirts
– Paper plates as throw away palettes
– Water container for your brushes
– A Clip lamp or other bright light source. This will help you see the form of your flowers
– A drop cloth if you need to contain your drips and spatters

– And of course….FLOWERS! Lovely, beautiful flowers!
You will end up gathering flowers more than once over the course of our 5 weeks 🙂 Add together a nice variety of shapes, colors and greens to your arrangements so that they have lots of inspiration for you. Choose what makes YOU happy and colors that appeal to YOU 🙂

Note: the white powder that often comes in a little packet with your flowers really does extend the life of your flowers. Changing the water and trimming the stems occasionally will also keep your flowers fresh and vibrant longer.

Lynn Whipple

Lynn Whipple writes, “I am deeply grateful to live my life as an artist. Play and discovery are my dearest and most constant companions. There are a zillion tiny challenges in each art making experience, and so often I find, just as many small, sweet victories. Without a doubt, living creatively is the most enjoyable and satisfying game I know.”

Lynn shares a warehouse studio with her husband, John Whipple, in Winter Park, Florida. Lynn’s work includes found-object mixed-media assemblages; found images altered with a combination of drawing, painting, sewing and more; and her well-known Ninny Boxes, collages combined with found objects, and assembled within a box format. Her unique pieces have a playful, quirky, and often absurd, charm.

Lynn explains: “I allow myself to play and let my pieces reveal themselves to me…I have been fascinated by old books, history, and odd bits of memorabilia. I find the things that interest me the most are slightly absurd…My hope is to create something real and somehow poetic but not commonplace. My goal is to keep communicating in my language.”

Lynn’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and her new book, Expressive Flower Painting, was published July 2017. Visit Lynn’s website at

Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.
  • A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.
“The best art teacher I've ever had. You challenged my senses and encouraged me to play and have fun; something I've forgotten to do.” — Tina P.
“Life changer for me. Thank you for everything, Lynn!!” — Cindy M.
“This ranks as one of the best workshops I've ever taken and I'm soooo grateful!” — Stacey