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.
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.
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!