Oregon Roses in Peach
Flowers and still lifes are my favorite subjects to paint because of the endless varieties and beauty. I love all the shapes and sizes and always looking for interesting flowers to paint. These were photographed on vacation at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon this summer. It was a painter’s dream! I took plenty of photographs for reference since I did not have the luxury to sit and draw them. The petals were soft and velvety and I have made many drawings of them, and plan to do more paintings in the future.
What inspired me in this painting was the particular peachy color. I used a mix of quinacridone rose, cadmium orange and cadmium yellow. After stretching the paper, I work wet-in-wet for each petal and blending with more pigment and water to capture the soft quality of the rose. The background was also painted on a wet surface, dropping in mixtures of thalo blue, alizarin crimson, burnt sienna and cadmium orange. After that was dry, I added another layer using the thalo blue. The leaf shapes were meant to be suggested, not painted realistically, using viridian and sap green, since the roses were the focus.
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