Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Oregon  Roses in Peach

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.

Posted in Stunning Still Lifes on July 5, 2018.

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