It was 96 degrees today and there was slim pickings amidst my roses. Luckily, I found two yellow roses ripe for clipping underneath the glorious shade of a tree. This painting started with a quinacridone rose wash, then went more towards an eggplant-ocher combo, which I didn't much care for. I decided to tone the painting down with a neutral green and created movement with my palette knife, both of which really made the yellow roses pop!
I'm lingering on painting flowers. I'm enjoying the whole process: cutting the flowers from the garden, arranging them, painting heavily and quickly, painting from life... it's really wonderful. Not sure how long I will stay with this, but I suppose I will enjoy it while it lasts.
This morning I enjoyed cutting these gorgeous, peony lookalike roses from my garden for a still life. A friend suggested that I try a time limit when painting, so I set up my easel, and gave myself ninety minutes to start and finish this painting. I found the deadline very motivating. It eliminated dillydallying and forced cutthroat decisions. And when the buzzer chimed, I really felt my work was complete.
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