Thursday, April 09, 2009

"Shades Of Roses" ©

This is the second painting for the Descanso Rose show. It's not my usual work, so it was fun, hard and I had to drudge up my experience from a workshop years ago that fortunately included painting roses. Learning is never wasted.

A note for painters: The key that I was after here was gathering the "light" by using series grays. Without the grays the light would be diluted, creating just a bright painting without any teeth. Because it's out of the box for me, it was a bit difficult, but I am sure that the same principle would work in a landscape. Once I have finished the few paintings that I have in process, I want to take a landscape and key the whole thing in grays first, then add the light and see if I can't create a more interesting landscape then my usual job. Usually I use a value range to gain depth and light, using grays will be very interesting. If this works and I can grasp the concept, my painting will hit a new level.

Oil on canvas, 24" x 20"


Ann Buckner said...

This painting is lovely. I'm looking forward to your adventure in painting with grays.

Marian Fortunati said...

It IS beautiful. It may be out of your comfort zone, but you obviously learned VERY well!!

I'm looking forward to seeing the work you do with this method.
I know that basically Frank Gardner's mixtures are "greys".... lovely greys to be sure, but still greys... And he lays down the greys carefully so that they interact.
Although I'm using his palette I still haven't mastered his technique. Probably never will... but ever trying!!!

Ebb Tide said...

Those tips about using grey is something to keep in mind. In the future, when I go back to painting flowers or roses, I will try to practice w/ greys. Thanks for sharing those lovely roses.

Laura Wambsgans said...

Thanks all. Marian it would be interesting to hear about Frank Gardners thoughts on grays. There is such a difference between an elegant gray and mud. I am giving this serious thought. I have a couple more paintings that need to be finished, then I am going to try to plan a landscape around "grays". Exciting!

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