Friday, 10th: The White Roses

White Rose Bouquet

I have attempted to write this post 5+ times, but each time WordPress will not resize the images, so we shall just have to put up with them being extremely huge until it sorts itself out – apologies for slow loading time etc… I have not found anything that can resize them on my device without distortion,  if anyone else knows of anything,  please speak up.

So, this is my subject matter for now, the white rose. This has been an extremely difficult painting set to produce, so I was hoping the life span of these was short and sweet so I could move on to something else,  but they are trooping on (not a single petal has even fallen after nearly 10 days).

I produced a little study at first, which was, alas,  overworked and under representational.

White Roses, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm

I am not going to upload all the stages of the painting as that will take decades to upload with their size.

I wanted to give this another attempt,  but after I had tried my abstracted version;

The White Roses, acrylic on canvas, 60cm diameter

This has been extremely difficult for 3 reasons:
1 – the rose is a difficult flower to paint,  and abstract. The flower is formed of numerous petals overlaying one another to create a tight-knit composition. I tried to use glazes of creams and whites over greens and siennas to mirror this, I don’t think I quite have, yet.
2- painting white is a hard task anyway. The primed canvas is white so you almost feel like you are moving backwards! It’s about painting enough white to depict a white flower, without overdoing it and creating what could be deemed ’empty spaces’.
3- I am used to painting the petal marks with a square tipped brush,  whereas this time I have been using filbert brushes, (round tipped). Which, you’d guess would work in  my favour. But it’s like trying on a new pair of jeans and replacing the old ones you absolutely love with a completely different cut. Uneasy at first. I’m starting to relax into it now, but it has taken some getting used to – the brush,  not the jeans.

The drip work reminds me of the flowers wilting, a sign of disintegration. I hope to push this and keep it running in my work, but who knows what my tutor will think!

So today I have began another attempt at a representational painting of the roses, focusing further in on the flowers themselves and ignoring their stems and the background;

Work in Progress

There is a long way to go yet, I just hope I don’t over work this piece. I aim to keep the palette reduced but still try and capture the tones to be found within the flowers. Who knows how this will carry on !!

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