Wednesday, January 28, 2009

ON THE EASEL: Yellow roses

I just finished this painting. It's 16" x 20" oil on board.

These are David Austin garden roses, and they smell absolutely exquisite. I knew for this one I didn't want regular yellow sweetheart roses, so I special ordered these, had to wait 3 weeks to get them, but they were so worth it.

They don't like being in the basket, though. They wilt very fast.

I'm working on a landscape now - I'll post a WIP soon.

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  1. Wow, this is impressive - form, color, and composition are all gorgeous. How did you paint them before they wilted? How long did it take to paint?

    And also, do you have any tips on photographing your artwork?

  2. This is gorgeous Cindy - I bet it sold before you were finished with it!

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  4. Sadie, thanks so much.
    I didn't paint them before they wilted. To get this arrangement, the flowers are jammed into that green foamy stuff called Oasis - so you just have to keep adding cold water in the hopes that they'll open before they wilt.

    I worked on the basket while I waited for them to open, (roughed in a general placement of where the flowers would go), then once they opened enough - I took TONS of photos.

    Then I use my computer screen as the still life arrangment. That way, they're forever frozen in time at the perfect non-wilted stage.

    I have never actually calculated the hours I put into a painting - but if I had to guess, I'd say about 40 - 50 hours? Maybe more? I really don't know.

  5. Oh, Sadie - as for tips on photographing artwork - stay tuned - that's the subject of an upcoming blog post.

    By the way - you do amazing work. I am a big fan.

  6. Such talent! These are lovely, I'm so glad I discovered your blog. How do you keep the image up on your computer? I use a macbook and photoshop for Mac, so the image only stays on the screen for about 30 seconds before switching to a dark, power saver mode. I guess it makes me look and remember more, but it's also frustrating.

  7. Thanks, Ancientartist.
    You have your energy saver set to 30 seconds, in order to save battery life. You can either set that number a bit higher (in system preferences), or every 25 seconds or so, hit any key on your keyboard, or move your mouse pointer around so that your computer does not go to sleep.