Wow Factor with Flowers in Oils

Lyn Diefenbach Wow Factor with Flowers in OilsLove Flowers? Enjoy painting? Combine the two passions and learn how to create oils that are full of luminosity, dimensionality and light. Lyn will share her extensive knowledge of colour as well as provide you with the technical know-how to create the illusion of reality with oils.

The building blocks of line, tone, colour and edge will be discussed extensively to lead you to a better understanding of these important areas. Focus will be given to the mixing of the palette and the skill of colour recognition. This is an area particularly pertinent to florals.

Enjoy clear, informative demonstrations and individual attention at your easel. You will use your own reference material so you can choose your own degree of difficulty or perhaps your favourite flower. Definitely the WOW FACTOR.

Materials List

Please come with your canvas toned with acrylic paint in a colour appropriate to your subject and the subject drawn up with willow charcoal BEFORE the class. As to what colour to tone the canvas – this is dependant on the colour of the flower. If the flower has a yellow centre, use cadmium yellow light. If not, tone the canvas with a colour that is in general the mid tone of the flower and keep the colour warm rather than cool.


Flat, size 1” soft brush for blending
Escoda Prado Sintetico series 3160 size 8 (cats’s tongue) or a small pointed brush
Sizes 8, 10 and 12 Art Basics series 877KF (Available from Art Scene Sydney)

Note: These are the brushes I use. You might have your own favourites

Bring all the oil paints that you have. I cannot recommend specific colours because each person will have a different subject. Here’s a list of my “work horses” for florals (by no means does this mean that you have to buy them all): sap green, olive green, viridian, winsor green, cadmium lemon, cadmium yellow, Indian yellow, burnt sienna, naples yellow, alizarin crimson (cad red, winsor red deep if you are painting a red flower), permanent rose, purple madder, cerulean blue. Most of the above colours are Winsor & Newton Artist Colours. Art Spectrum Flinders Red Violet and Australian Gold are also good. The white I use is a “Soft Mixing White” put out by Winton. This is a transparent white which stays wet on the palette for a few days.

1 stretched canvas. The shape will depend on the composition of your subject. Be realistic in the size that you tackle.

Odourless solvent
Paper Towels
Kneadable eraser
Drop Sheet
LARGE Palette – I use white painted masonite available from hardware stores. Size around 45 x 70 cm

Reference Photos – make sure these are clear, large enough to work from and have a good play of light and dark. If you are doing your own printing from a computer, make sure that you use photo quality paper NOT plain paper.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
5th – 8th October 2017
9:30 am – 4 pm


Enter the coupon code ‘EARLYLYNOILS’ before 12th August 2017 and pay only $680


About Lyn Diefenbach

Lyn Diefenbach

The pursuit of masterly quality and technique is a high priority for Lyn Diefenbach whose work is imbued with a celebration of her faith and of life. Her paintings cover a myriad of subject matter, with her bold florals consistently receiving accolades nationally and internationally. Her ability to communicate her ideas has entrenched her as a respected and sought-after tutor, with teaching engagements internationally and across Australia. Read more

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