How to Draw Peonies

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How to Draw Peonies
The double flower peony has petals where the stamen should be. ( Images)

The peony is highly prized flower in the east and the west. In China, peony bark and roots were first used in traditional medicines to cure ailments. In Chinese art, the peony is referred to in literature, the decorative arts and painting, while European artists such as Renoir and Manet painted the blooms. The showy flower of the peony is what attracts artists to this flower. The large layers of petals, which range in colour from white to maroon, surround bright yellow stamens. Some forms with double flower petals have more petals in the centre rather than stamen. To draw a peony, form the petals of the flower.

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Things you need

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Draw four small oval petals in a pinwheel shape connecting the bottom of each petal on a piece of drawing paper with a pencil. This is will become the centre of a double flower peony, which is prized for its showy bloom.

    How to Draw Peonies
    The centre of the peony is full of petals. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    Draw larger rounded ovals around the centre four petals. The double flower peony is layer upon layer of petals. The centre petals are small, while the outside petals are larger.

  3. 3

    Add another layer of slightly larger petals around the last layer of petals. Each layer will have slightly larger petals.

  4. 4

    Add another layer of petals. Repeat one last layer of petals. These petals should form the peony flower.

  5. 5

    Draw a stem that comes out from the bloom. It should be two parallel lines that are close together. On each side of the stem draw almond-shaped leaves.

Tips and warnings

  • Some peonies have scalloped shaped petals. You can add slight scalloping to the ends of each petal .
  • To draw stamens to your peony, add thin stalks in the centre with rounded heads instead of small petals.

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