This small artwork took ten hours of work, over several evenings, along with decades of experience to complete. Remember that if your first efforts are not near this standard, don’t be discouraged; just continue to practice and learn. We all improve if we give ourselves time and work at it.
I paint the parts of the rose that are the greatest contrast to the white watercolour paper surface, meaning that I paint all the dark parts of the painting first. Once this is done, I paint all the medium-dark sections.
Then I paint the middle tones, and then the medium-light tones. The final stage of the block-in is to paint the lightest parts of the rose. I leave small amounts of the white paper showing—as is done when you paint transparent watercolour—to represent the highlights on the rose.
The fourth stage is painting the details. In this case, this mostly involved the center of the rose.
As you can see from the photos, I prefer slightly impressionistic to romantic-realist painting rather than photorealist work. I do not overwork or over-detail a painting. An artist is not creating a photo. The human eye does not see as a camera lens sees. I’ve no desire to mimic a camera.
Once you have captured that impression and the painting does not tell you anything else needs to be done, the painting is finished.
The Dioressence™ rose is from the Delbard rose collection. It is exquisite in fragrance and beauty, truly inspiring the artist to grow and paint. It is comprised of clusters of lilac flowers shaped like a wide champagne glass, with edges etched in red and dark purple.
Have you ever experienced the fragrance of the most beautiful floral scents from the House of Dior? Like Christian Dior’s great perfume, this rose is an intriguing commingling of the scents of mandarin, geranium, forest and moss.