I was at magazine store when a man gave his rose to me. He grows them in his garden and had several on the counter while he was looking through magazines. He offered me one of the roses but wanted to guess which one I would take. He was right.
With this painting I was working with simple color forms. Just a hint of light or shadow. No rendering.
A miniature red rose in my very old coffee cup.
New works yet small, strictly experimental. There is a similarity among all 4 pieces…a greenish background. Pink against green in “Pink Dianthus” is one of my fav. Analogous greens as in the “Lumpy Pear” and “Yellow Daffodil”. And complementary colors of reddish and greenish as in the “Apple and Tangerine”.
I was a bit hesitant about painting roses. They look complicated with all their petals. But I squirt my eyes and painted the light and shadow patterns. And not to worry about details.
Spring is here! Fresh from my garden.
This painting was done right after I finished Qiang Huang’s workshop on still life oil painting. I started to use a sable brush for the background which gives it a delightful transparency. I worked on loose brush strokes. And most importantly followed the steps that Qiang had talked to us about. Here’s the post that explained his process.
Available for purchase at my Etsy shop, PaintingsbyMarlene.
I might had mentioned before that I’m taking a still life painting class from Philippe Gandiol. Right after I graduated with an art degree in 2009, I took Philippe’s class to get the basics of oil painting down. Now I’m taking it to focus on composition.
The subject was set up in his studio. Beautiful vase with beautiful flowers that he either picked from his garden or a gift or just store bought. The color selections of his cloths are perfect; they are analogous colors to the vase. And the red in the flowers are complementary color to the green which then makes the painting vibrate with colors.
Usually when I paint still life I don’t really pay much attention to the cast shadow in the background. But Philippe pointed out how the shadow helps lead the eye to the white flowers back to the singular red flower up the vase and into the focal point, the red flowers.
This was an exciting painting to work on and hope to do more in this line.
This painting will be made available in my Etsy shop.
Still continuing on with my series of 6 x 6 x 1 3/4 gallery wrapped stretched canvas paintings. I’m working with high foreground. Here I create texture like a cliff to provide a solid base for the mango and bud. The background is abstracted. I think it works.
This is second in series of the azaleas. They survived for two paintings. I was thinking composition when I painted this. The fallen red stamens were added later to balanced out the strong one sided composition.