I’ve been working on a painting of roses for the past couple months. I know that sounds long, but it was really just “one two hour session,” and now, one more “two hour session” so it’s really not that long. Cleaning up afterward has taken longer than the actual painting. Just kidding, kind of.
Here is a neat look at some of the process of painting traditional roses in oil paints. I use Lukas 1862, Michael Harding (yes, I swing both ways ;)) and some Williamsburg and W&N thrown in there. Sap green is what really made my florals go from “ok” to “ok!” since before the only green I had pre-mixed was vridian. I have now come to the conclusion (subject to change!) that vridian is easier to mix from my basic paints, and since it’s very expensive, I doubt it will be showing up as often as it was before. It is still fantastic for skin tones, though.
Step 1 – I really had an idea of where to place these, and of course it’s simply based on how they were arranged on the table. You can see me watching My Lottery Dream Home in the background. I admit right now it’s my life goal to be on that show.
In step two I get more detailed about what I want this to look like. Which roses do I want to be brighter? Which ones do I want to be darker? This helps divide the space between them, with the brighter and higher contrast roses making the viewer feel as if it’s closer to them, and the darker, shaded, less contrast and less detailed making the viewer feel as if the rose is toward the back.
Rembrandt painting tip: Only one area on your canvas should be hit with the brightest highlight. Since there will only be one plane closest to the light itself. Not that I’m Rembrandt, but I try to keep this in mind.
That’s all for part one. Tune in next time for part two! Thanks for reading.