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Some Roses are Pink

Some Roses are Pink
Medium: Pastel
Base: Paper
Year: 2011
Pastel on pastel paper derived from photos taken at the rose gardens in front of the Mornington Peninsula Art 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 so that your attention is only on the single rose.
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. It was so surprising and such a great joy to paint this piece. As I worked my way through it I knew for the first time, where I was, what was going on, and how to put together all the pieces as well as the shadows and the textures on the petals.
I really could not believe that I had done this work when I stood back on completion. After all the years of thinking that I could not do flowers, there it was! I have happily put this work into it's first exhibition with AGRA for the 2001 Spring Exhibition. Something I would never have done with a floral until now.
Dimensions: 65 cm (width) × 50 cm (height)
Ownership: Artist

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