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The online gallery for Dennis Perrin Fine Art. Dennis Perrin can best be described as a painter of light as it illuminates and describes the subject. Mr. Perrin always chooses to paint in front of the subject, not content to settle for photography or video as painting material. Dennis has been called an American Impressionist Painter in the Boston School tradition, and that is not surprising since among his greatest influences are the American Painters John Singer Sargeant, Edmund Tarbell, and Frank Benson, as well as the French painter Henri Fantin-Latour. Other major influences have been Diego Velasquez, Johannes Vermeer,  Thomas Dewing, Maxfield Parrish, Joseph DeCamp, and so many others.

Stop and Smell the Roses

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Stop and Smell the Roses

Dennis Perrin

With summer weather and the outdoor painting season receding in my rearview mirror, I've re-established the studio as my focal point for the time being. And this week I revisited one of my favorite subjects: flowers, specifically, roses. I unabashedly love roses, and I unapologetically love to paint them. I was able to secure some of my favorites for two paintings under the skylight, "Roses in Antique Pitcher," and "Patience in Cobalt Vase." Both paintings feature David Austin English roses, the best (in my opinion) for painting because of their lush, billowy texture. 

For "Roses in Antique Pitcher," I chose an unusual perspective of peering down on the subject from above, giving it a bit more of a contemporary look. I was liberal with the color throughout the painting, and gave the background a similar treatment to the flowers, a flourishing, rapid brushstroke that captures the immediacy of the moment.

 "Roses in Antique Pitcher" Oil on Canvas 24" x 18"

"Roses in Antique Pitcher" Oil on Canvas 24" x 18"

For "Patience in Cobalt Vase," I chose to calm things down, to treat the background as a somber foil for the brilliant and creamy Patience roses, so their nobility and radiance would come to the forefront. I also chose a more traditional perspective, looking straight on at the still life so as not to distract from the regal flowers and the deep Cobalt Vase. 

 "Patience in Cobalt Vase" Oil on Canvas 24" x 18"

"Patience in Cobalt Vase" Oil on Canvas 24" x 18"

Not sure what the new week will bring, but stay tuned. I expect to be back in the studio making some new paintings for your viewing pleasure.

Have a wonderful week!

Dennis