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Hyperrealistic Watercolor Paintings Perfectly Recreate the Delicate Beauty of Flower Petals

Botanical Watercolor Paintings by Svetlana Lanse

The meticulous art of botanical illustration has a long and rich history. Before the invention of photography, artists were expected to capture species of plant life in immaculate detail, which then informed scientists, physicians, pharmacists, and other researchers. Although this scrupulous art no longer serves a scientific purpose, the study of flora continues to flourish among contemporary creatives such as Svetlana Lanse.

The Saint Petersburg-based artist uses watercolor to create strikingly realistic portraits of various plant life. Her remarkable skill allows her to paint the minutiae details of every flower, frond, and fruit—from the subtle color variation in feather-soft petals to the precise, razor-thin veins that stretch across the leaves. Even Lanse’s illustrations of orange slices appear sumptuous in the way that she carefully renders the highlights and shadows of the fruit’s skin.

To demonstrate how lifelike her paintings are, Lanse often stages live models of plant life beside her finished artwork before photographing them for her Instagram. In this way, viewers can remark on the artist’s incredible skill at describing three-dimensional depth in her watercolor paintings.

Scroll down to see more amazing botanical art by Lanse, and follow her on Instagram and Behance to keep up to date with the artist’s latest creations.

Artist Svetlana Lanse paints hyperrealistic botanical paintings.

Botanical Watercolor Paintings by Svetlana Lanse

Lanse uses layers of watercolor to capture the minute details of various plant life.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Svetlana Lanse.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.

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