Saturday, August 18, 2012

Roses Finished

7 1/4" x 10"
140# Fabriano Soft Press Paper

I just couldn't leave the roses alone, especially after it was put up for critique at Painting Friends.  They are offered great suggestions to improve the painting.  Another person I want to thank especially is Nora from Painting Friends.  She sent me one of her delicate rose paintings which I keep looking at but have never been able to capture her delicate look. 

Thank you all that visit this blog and those of you that have made comments on the various posts. You are wonderful to take time to visit and share your thoughts.  it is much appreciated. 

In the comparison photo below, you can see that more darks were added especially to the roses.  The bud was toned down just a bit and changed the look of the foreground a little.  Also, edges were softened and some of the outlines were softened or broken.  Initially, wax was used to preserve some of the lights then I would back in and used a Proxa brush and a razor blade to bring back some of the white/lighter areas to help create more more. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Roses Study

This was painted from a reference photo taken a few years ago.  It is really a practice piece as I needed to l) practice painting reds, 2) practice leaves, 3) learn better control of paint to water ratio and, 4) learn more about creating form. 

There are some hard lines that need to be broken or softened which came about when paint was lifted and then the area repainted.  There is always something to learn, isn't there.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Monday Sketch

Today's pencil sketch from a photo taken of the trellis roses outside my door.