Easy painting to do with seniors:  Ladybug Flower

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By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion 

Hi there! This is part of my “Wine & Paint” series where I show you easy paintings you can do as a senior or as a companion to a senior.  This is a great activity to try with grandparents and grandchildren.  You don’t need any art or painting experience, which makes this activity so fun and accessible.

This is the second in a series of paintings we’ll share with you (you can find the first for a Sunset Cactus Garden here!).  I was lucky enough to create these paintings with my grandmother, who is a retired art teacher who taught for 30 years. When I asked her to join me, she was thrilled and couldn’t wait to share this experience with me. To watch me and my grandma in action, you can check out the video here.

Here is the ladybug painting!


The following painting was done with acrylic paint on plain white printer paper. You can do these with water colors on printer paper or acrylic paint on canvas. Whatever you have you can accomplish these paintings, but it is important to note that techniques are different between acrylic and watercolor. I hope you enjoy your painting day! 

Supplies Needed: 

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paper
  • Water Cup
  • A Smile! 

Colors needed:

  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Red
  • Black


Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. To start off we’re going to paint the background.  The first thing we’re going to do is create the background yellow or orange. I chose yellow and decided to add some orange on top, just for fun!!

  2. Next, outline your flower.   First use the brown to create the center of the flower.  Then use the dark blue to draw the petals. My grandma decided to draw hers first with pencil, so hers is on the left. I just went for it with paint, mine is on the right.         
  3. To fill in the petals, mix in some blue and white paint to create a lighter blue. Then I gently stroked individual lines to help define the petal.

  4. After you get a good amount of light blue on there, you want to start adding dark blue and purple to the inside ends of the petals.


  5. Once that is done, add some individual white strokes to define the petals even more.

  6. For the center I mixed my green with white and yellow. I painted the center entirely green for a base coat. Later I will be add spots of brown and white in the center.

  7. Now, the lady bug may be hard for some because of the detail technique required. It’s okay if you can’t or don’t want to do it. If you do want the lady bug, simply paint a half red circle, a sliver for a head, and two lines for the antennas. Don’t forget the polka dots!

    And voila!!  My grandmother’s came out like  a Van Gogh masterpiece!  Hope everybody has fun with this.

Would love to see what you do!  Share your paintings with us on Instagram and Twitter by using the hashtags #MonAmi and #PaintingwithSeniors