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MPRG Roses ·

MPRG Roses
Medium: Oil
Base: Board
Year: 2011
Oil painting on board derived from photos taken at the rose gardens in front of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. A lot of little details have been deleted and the colours have been modified to suite. The background has been simplified and darkened so that your attention is only on the large rose and its few companions.
Since I have never been especially good at drawing or painting flowers, I recently made an effort to try to improve my skills in this area. Roses, in particular are a popular subject for art collectors and many people like to see paintings of them in their homes. They are a favourite flower of mine as well and I have always admired people who could do these flowers justice.
My problem has been getting lost in all the patterns that the petals create. As you start drawing up a rose the petals get tighter and the pattern harder to follow as you get into the centre of the flower. Without some methods to work these out my roses were less than satisfactory. This year I have been lucky to study with a few excellent artists this year who have given me some tips on how to approach subjects like roses and not get lost in the maze of patterns going on.
I owe them a great debt of gratitude, because without their input this painting would never have happened. This artwork was done before my pastel painting Some Roses are Pink so I was still working on a technique for understanding and rendering roses. This is also in a different medium, so as most artists know, you may conquer a subject in one medium, only to find a whole new set of things to overcome when you swap to another. this was the case with this painting. Some of it came together very well and other parts were a challenge that I really had to think about.
I changed toe colour of a couple of the roses as the flow of the painting was not working. Things should not stop you from working your way around a work. There should be a natural flow as you work your way around the picture. This took a bit of thinking.
As paintings go, I would not say this is my very best work. I am happy with achievements I have made in it, but at the same time I am looking forward to improving on it in the future. The comments it has received has shown that it is painting that will attract positive feedback and that many people like it. That is something that I am always happy to hear and hope that as I improve they will keep coming!
Dimensions: 50 cm (width) × 75 cm (height)
Ownership: Private collector
Credit: Original photography by Janice Mills

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