Painting experiments are kind of like scouting missions.
You blunder off into the unknown, thrashing around and hoping to find something useful you can bring back.
Occasionally, you do.
I’ve been searching for a different way to paint flowers lately, especially roses.
If you paint them too precisely, they look like they’re made of porcelain. Lovely, perhaps, but frozen. Perhaps a little lifeless.
If you paint them too loosely, well they have no form and don’t really look like flowers.
In the last few paintings I’ve done, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to use the paint to describe the form of roses with as few strokes as possible. I’ve been hoping to find a kind of calligraphy of roses with the brush, but without losing the effect of a convincing visual impression and without losing the life.
In this one, I pulled back from the experiments and returned to my usual way of painting flowers. Except I didn’t, completely.
It looks like I brought something back with me.
Not unlike these lovely little roses, which I happened upon on a walk down Uley high street. They were kind of in someone else’s garden and kind of not. Enough grey area for me to justify to myself the act of picking some off the bush to bring home and paint.
I wonder how often I can get away with that before I earn myself a reputation? There are some very lovely roses hanging out of people’s gardens in Uley high street!
I was going to put this one up for auction tonight but a studio visitor bought it right off the easel today. More roses will be coming very soon, though.
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