Which way up? A painting with subject matter like this could go any which way. Which do you prefer? By the time this post goes up, the painting will be finished but the way up will still be up in the air…
I know I say every time that I don’t particularly care for painting flowers. I just can’t seem to capture their natural randomness or delicacy. However, I thought the hollyhocks might work since I’ve drawn them a couple of times. Well, see for yourself if this worked or not. I must admit it isn’t the glorious bouquet I wanted!
Carolyn’s fourth painting, La Belle, for the Peace Watercolour Society Fall Show and Sale came about because the reference photo of a rose was present while one for a waterfall was not.
First it got sketched in fair detail (roses are notoriously complex) and then it was sketched again on watercolour paper. There were four rounds of masking and pouring, then a few more layers of colour to darken the background and some minor tweaking of the flowers. It paid off to know that indigo is a greenish blue: the glow on the shaded leaves was almost as important as the bright area to produce a centre of interest.
The purple flowers are the back up singers: La Belle is the star!
Judy’s miniature roses look great in this acrylic frame. The sun can shine through and light them with changing rays all day, just like real wild roses. These are tiny paintings, but you can probably tell they took just as much work as a much larger piece.
The gift of a rose complimented by a wash of sunshine. I wanted to make this a bright and sharp painting, right down to the deep shadows up the wall. The composition was planned to be unusual to feature the balance of the solid rose and vase and the stretching lightness of the baby’s breath and shadows. I’m quite pleased with this one because it was a challenge in many ways: I had a definite vision; I’m not great with florals; I was changing composition; I was painting so many textures. Also, I was on a deadline. Of course.
Carolyn’s painting, Glory in Grey, is swirl of soft greys, greens, yellows and blues. Far from monochromatic, these high-contrast petals are full of colour and life.