I have a little rose garden blooming in my studio, all Edens. I’m glad I managed to take a little snap as several have sold already! Also seen here is one of the many fabulous demitasses that my friend (and children’s former pre-school teacher) had given me as well as the painting it inspired by it (that I will be giving to her as a thank you gift for the treasure trove). The canary, from Montebello Road in Campbell, is a future model for one of my Birds and Teacup paintings. More details about the paintings are listed in my Portfolio under the Flora subheading.
Eden Rose I – Sold
Eden Rose II – Sold
Eden Rose III – Available
Eden Rose IV – Available
Eden Rose V – Available
Eden Rose VI – Available
A loose outline in hot pink.
Blocking in some mid-tones.
Trying out a few highlights early on.
Trying to create a swirling action.
Icing the cake.
Paying attention to building up the volume of the center head of the rose.
I hate to leave it here, but I’m going to have to come back to it tomorrow to pump up the Fragonard factor – damn these short days!
A little more blending and refining and a swirly signature.
Today was the first day I had to turn the heat on, painting this little ( 4 x 4″) rose bud in the cool morning fog.
I painted out a loose gestural outline of the rose on a prepared pink ground.
I blocked in some major highlights and shadows with color.
I blended the tones in the base of the rose and built up the highlights , curving my brush stokes to echo the shape of the petals.
I played up the color reflecting in the shadows which helped to develop a sense of volume and refined the details until the point where I felt there was a balance between lights and darks, angles and form, depth and volume, detail and negative space. A lot going on in 4 square inches!