Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Roses Study"


I haven't challenged myself with acrylics lately and so thought...it's time. I don't call this a painting.....more, a struggled study. The image is cropped to remove distracting practice strokes I put onto the panel when I was working on it.

It all began when a friend surprised me with a dozen pink roses as a gesture to brighten my spirit at the end of a long, miserable day. According to my friend I "lit up" immediately when presented with them, and the first thought was to attempt to capture them on canvas.

I've never before even entertained the idea to paint roses because everything I've ever heard said about it amongst my art friends is...roses are tough to depict. Still life's are not my forte' either.

I am disappointed with the outcome, but encouraged that they are a reasonable facsimile of the real thing....When I showed this piece to my daughter, Amy; she told me I should post them for the sake of learning.

Please comment as to what you think I can do to make the next attempt a better one?

As always, thank you for stopping by, and for your valuable input.

14 comments:

Tammy said...

I think this is lovely with unique colors and feel. It is an artistic rendering of the moment a friend's gift caught your heart.

Alex said...

Awesome! You sure are a very skillful artist :) I was scrolling through your work and I can't seem to find anything that I don't like at all. :) Glad that you're part of the group, and thanks for posting

Lynn said...

I really like this! I thin you did a great job.

Amy's Place said...

UhHAAAA!!!! You know I love these, although the posting picture does not do this painting justice. For those not in the know, this painting is textured, which adds to it's appeal, a point of view from a feely kind of person like me. For those who did now see it in the raw, you missed a wonderful treat. It is truly unique.
It's a painting and a sculpture at the same time, I love it!!!

Catriona said...

Great rendition of the roses, cheers me up too as it must have done when you recieved the real thing. Love the texture

Gerry said...

I think it is fantastic of you to post this. There are not many still lifes on your site, and this obviously was a journey beyond your comfort zone. A very successful one at that. The painting has a unique "feel" to it. You totally captured the joy and warmth of the blossoms, but the "sadder" colors seem to give it a hint of melancholy. I'm looking forward to seeing more still lifes in the future.

Ramona Davidson said...

The roses are beautiful. I have seen things selling for big money that are not half as nice as your painting. Good art.

Revelle said...

This is a great attempt but on my monitor they look more orange than pink? I'm on a Mac. Are you on a PC?

nanke's stuff said...

I would love to be able to see the texture in the original. This painting has so much energy! Thanks for posting it. nancy

Christie said...

If you struggled, it doesn't show. I have to admit I always feel there is a contest between myself and the medium when I work with acrylics, too!

Dan Kent said...

Well, I don't know why you're disappointed or why you don't call it a painting. Seems to me the flowers are beautifully rendered, and it has a unique quality - not your garden-variety still life of roses. Well done!

Phyllis said...

Your interpretation of the roses will teach you a lot as you look at it. Your colors are vibrant, and painterly...maybe you wanted a different affect. OK. Next interpretation, work for that... what you got here is well done.

Possum Patty said...

I like the brush strokes that you used applying the acrylic.

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What are you talking about? Still life is just perfect field for you to express your talent! I like the roses very much. My face get lit up when I saw this acrylic picture similarly to your reaction!