tags: floral painting - red rose - 6x8 - alla prima painting - original art - for sale - flower
Portrait of a Rose
8x6" - oil on canvas panel
Another Daily Paintworks challenge I couldn't resist. This weeks' challenge is "A Valentine's Day Rose", hosted by Qiang Huang. I probably should have gone down to the grocery store and ante'd up $5+ for a single red rose to paint from life, but I wasn't feeling that ambitious, so I went with a photo.
I absolutely love flowers, and while they have always been a favorite subject to photograph, I can only recall only one floral painting I ever did, and that was in pastel about 16 years ago. So, this marks both the first time I've ever painted a rose, or a flower in oils.
I always thought roses seemed very difficult to paint, so complex, and I wasn't sure I'd ever even want to paint them. But, a single rose sounded like it might be doable, and I loved the simplicity of it. And, it gave me a chance to pull out some of those cadmium reds and the Alizarin crimson that I seldom use now. I definitely why Qiang says it is easy to overwork a rose painting. I can also see why this flower in particular lends itself so well to Flemish painting techniques and glazing; the hardest part was getting the darks dark enough and not losing the edges while doing value adjustments in alla prima.
I'm probably close to wrapping up the winter series I've been working on, and maybe I'll take on some more florals, including some in pastel. I've been wanting to paint flowers for some time now, and this was a good incentive to give it a go!
Everyone is probably getting sick of the winter and snow, but here are a few from our snowshoeing trip at Andrews Lake yesterday. My hand is doing great - thank you again for all the well-wishes - and it didn't prevent me from using either my poles or camera:
Waxing half-moon over the Grenadier Range
Andrews Lake is directly in front.
Wayne surrounded by aspen, fir and spruce
And, look - there's the moon...again!
Aspen trunks and shadows
More interesting abstract shapes formed by these beautiful trees.