Painting the Pink Rose

It's been a wonderfully busy art-filled week!

I'm currently working on several oil paintings on various subjects. I just finished my painting of the Helio Courier and that is currently drying and is waiting to be framed. I also have a painting of a garden statue in the works. That painting is a little more involved and there's a good amount of foliage to create in the foreground and background. Then there's a painting of Grizzly Falls in California that I want to paint and I've already sketched out in charcoal and will soon start creating the underpainting for it. I'll post about that progress in another blog post. Oh! and I do have one more larger painting that I'll talk more about in yet another blog post.

Lastly, but certainly not least, I'm also working on a small 8x10 study of a pink rose - the real subject of this particular post.

As as was watering some of our flowers a few weeks ago, I noticed that the little droplets forming on them looked beautiful in the sunlight and I wanted to capture that in a small little study. I may develop that into a larger painting.

Here are some of my photos of the pink rose with the water droplets.

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And here are the beginning sketches of the little pink rose

And now my continued work on the small 8x10 oil study. I start to block in the basic colors after doing a burnt umber underpainting. 

The weave in this canvas panel is pretty heavy, but considering this is just a color study, I'm fine with it. If I develop this into a larger painting, I'll definitely work with smoother substrate textures.

Below is where I'm at as of 8/19/2019. I'm deepening the tones of the colors here, paying attention to the subtle shifts in values. I'd also like to try to replicate the slight subsurface scattering or translucency that I see in the petals.


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