|A Rose by Any Other Name, 6"x6", oil on panel|
I originally titled this painting "Rosarium Eutersen" – probably only about 500 people on earth (and none reading this blog) would know why. That's the name of this rose, which was named after a rose garden in Germany. It is a fabulous rose, which deserves to be much more widely known, and I'm so glad I planted one years ago. It's a moderate climber, and the spring flush it produces is breathtaking, even among the bounty of a Southern California spring.
So this bunch is one small clipping that showed up in November on my plant. I brought it in to enjoy, and snapped a couple of photos for a future painting. The color is really unusual, a very coral-pink. I actually bought a new paint color to try to capture it; came close but not completely there.
I don't paint roses often, although I love them and have about 25 varieties in my yard. This was a good challenge. Basic shapes, values, don't get too fancy with details.
I want to thank those who leave comments – you can't imagine how encouraging they are to me.
|oil sketch, first darks|