A study in progress
Yesterday, I started this study of a rose, using a reference photo taken a year or so ago. My goal is to maintain some white space (highlights), some lighter areas, with mid-values and darks to shape the rose. Red roses are difficult for me to paint. It is that simple. It might have helped if I had drawn the rose first but I used the brush and painted in the darks first, added mid-value reds then used a damp brush to lighten the value for form.
In the second photo, the paper was spritzed to wash away what was painted in the background and some of the rose. The third photo shows the overworked, ill-planned painting. Still it is all a learning experience. Hope you don't mind seeing the failures as well as the one that I think work.
Have you heard about the Google Art Project? Click the link and check it out. What do you think about it? I find it a wonderful way to visit the different galleries and view at least some of the artwork since I can't visit them in real life.
I forgot to mention in Monday's post that the reference photo (I think by Ian Bruce) used for the grasaille underpainting was from Wet Canvas. Always important to give the photographer credit for his work.