Coming up Roses

This week I’ve been painting the lovely cupped rose that blooms outside my studio. It’s called  Spirit of Freedom, a David Austin stunner.  Beyond it’s sweet fragrance, I love the hypnotic experience of looking into it’s myriad of petals. That’s why I’m calling this painting Rose Mandala, a meditation circle. Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Rose Mandala in Progress 1 Marie Cameron 2013

I’ve loosely sketched in the outlines of the form with oil mixed with mineral spirits.


Rose Mandala in Progress 2 Marie Cameron 2013

Layering in some of the mid-tone pinks using a thicker bodied oil,  leaving some space blank so my colors won’t muddy prematurely.

Rose Mandala in Progress 3 Marie Cameron 2013

Adding some cool toned shadows and roughing in the background.

Rose Mandala in Progress 4 Marie Cameron 2013

Beginning to blend paint where added highlights and shadows meet existing paint.

Rose Mandala in Progress 5 Marie Cameron 2013

Trying to develop the fluid character of the petals.

Rose Mandala in Progress 6 Marie Cameron 2013

Adding more depth to the shadows and further refining the petals.

Rose Mandala Marie Cameron 2013

Satisfied with the balance of the refinement and flow of the petals and the overall form of the rose.