Discover and Sketch Bleeding Hearts

Continuing my Valentine’s Day-themed fuchsia-colored posts, today is all about a heart-shaped flower!
Bleeding Hearts are a favorite garden ornamental native to eastern Asia. As their name suggests, their flowers are pink and heart-shaped.
They belong to the botanical family known as the poppies, Papaveraceae, which includes many horticultural varieties as well as many natives of North America including Dutchman’s Breeches, Steer’s Head, Golden Eardrops, California Poppy, and Corydalis to name just a few.

If you’d like to learn more about this family and also how to create a realistic drawing of a Bleeding Heart flower, then gather some pencils, paper, and then CLICK HERE to download your high-resolution Bleeding Heart Flower image.  I recorded this live, online workshop as part of a Valentine’s Day-themed series of fuchsia-colored flora and fauna.

Watch the Bleeding Heart Flower Workshop (70-minutes long)


Invitation to the Colorful Botanicals Online Course


My Colorful Botanicals course teaches you the essentials of drawing and painting colorful flowers, including a survey of various media and techniques you can use to capture the beauty of plants, including graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, and mixed media.

I’ll teach you all you need to know about the anatomical structures of plants so that you can really observe plants from a botanist’s perspective and capture their forms accurately in your sketchbook.

This course includes a diverse library of tutorials that introduce you to a variety of common and colorful plant families including orchids, lilies, bird of paradises, passionflowers, poppies, sunflowers, cacti, and more!

You’ll be able to apply what you learn in this course whether you are sketching wildflowers in a meadow, painting exotic plants at an arboretum, or drawing a bouquet of flowers at home.