Warm Welcome Roses and Blackberry Blossom – oil on panel, 8 x 10 inches
This painting is up for auction until August 9th 2019.
Sometimes, good things happen by chance.
These roses are a small, rambling, climbing variety called Warm Welcome. Fittingly, they grow up the side of the house just before you get to the front door.
I’ve been looking at them and wondering for a long time. Could I reach that chroma?Could I translate them well into paint?
Then Michelle decided that the rose was rambling a little too much and gave it a serious pruning.
I rescued a few of the fallen flowers, picked them up and brought them in – at first just because I wanted to save them and thought they would brighten up the studio nicely.
I grabbed the first thing to hand in the studio – this little ginger jar that I’ve painted so many times – and popped them out of the way on my still life shelf.
There was my next painting sitting right in front of me.
It rarely happens this way for me. Usually finding subjects is a long and drawn out process, requiring much thought and rearranging of objects.
But these beautiful little flowers just arranged themselves and said “paint us”.
So I did 🙂
And it seemed to me that they wanted a slightly different approach, that would allow me to be a little more free in the way I translated them to the panel.
Perhaps it was just because their colour is so strong. Perhaps because for the last while, I’ve been gradually painting more freely and working from the overall effect more than the individual elements of the subject.
So I began this painting by trying to establish the main elements of overall value and colour balance before I did anything else.
I did most of this one without the cameras on, but I did stream the final session on it.
It was a challenging day for light: from heavily overcast to bright sunshine, so the camera exposure goes up and down a little.
But I do show the palette and talk about what tube paints I used and how I use them, and also how I’m consciously working more with relationships than absolute comparisons these day.
I’ve always done both, but lately I find the balance is shifting a little.