Art · Watercolour

The Blue Rose

The Blue Rose - NB
watercolour on 140lb 100% cotton Saunders Waterford watercolour paper

This is my very first attempt at painting a rose. And you will notice that I have used a large dollop of artistic license with the colour. It measures 7″ x 10″, which also makes it the largest watercolour painting I’ve done to date – I’m getting adventurous…. haha!

I’ve wanted to paint some roses for a while now but haven’t felt confident enough to do it. But last week a friend bought me a bunch of roses, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to have a go. I started off by doing a pencil sketch first. I’ve tried drawing roses before and made a complete pigs ear of it but this time I actually made quite a good job of of the drawing. I guess practice pays off….

Rose - NB

I told myself “if I can draw it, I can paint it… “. I didn’t paint my drawing, I’ve left it in my sketchbook. I got my watercolour paper out and based on my sketch, I drew faint pencil outlines of the rose on my watercolour paper to use as a guide. Then it was just a case of letting the painting begin….

I know in reality blue roses don’t exist but I think it’s high time someone produced a hybrid…. ! The colours for my rose were Cerulean Blue, Phthalo Blue and Chinese White and the stem and leaves were Prussian Blue, Raw Sienna and a touch of Sap Green.

My rose watercolour isn’t perfect by any means but I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. I’m going to paint more roses but probably in slightly more traditional colours….

Photography

Rose Carte Postale

Rose Post Card

A vintage French rose carte postale…

The rose above is from a bunch of roses I dried myself, so that I can keep them as photographic props! When they’re dried they have a lovely vintage look and will keep forever. Drying the roses is very easy to do:

1. Buy a bunch of roses or cut them from the garden – I use ones that are only just opened…

2. Don’t bother putting them in water – cut the stems to your preferred length and remove all the leaves.

3. Cut a fairly long piece of string – bunch the roses together carefully so as not to squash them and tie the stems together with the string. The string needs to be quite long so you can then use it to hang the roses upside down somewhere. Then just leave them for about 2-3 weeks until dried.

4. Once they are dried they are quite papery to touch so they need handling with care but they will keep forever and you can do whatever you wish with them – they’re great for photographs and also look lovely on display in a vase…

More rose photos to follow…

Photography

Magnolia

Magnolia Blossom

Magnolia blossoms in my garden…

Petal

Where does the time go? The days seem to fly by and I never seem to have enough time to accomplish what I want to! I’ve been very busy lately opening a new shop on REDBUBBLE for selling prints and other goodies of my photography work. It has been very time consuming and I still have lots of work to do there – lots more images to upload. Do click the link and have a browse – one of my favourite items in my shop are the tote bags… I just know I’m going to end up buying a few…

I hope you all having a great week – see you again soon…

Photography

Square Crop Roses

Square Rose 1

Square Rose 2

Square Rose 3 - DIB

Today I uploaded a rose image to Flickr which you can view here

Then I decided it might look good with a square crop. So I cropped it and then did three different versions of the same original rose photo. All of them have textures from Texture Time FREE TEXTURES for creative effect. It was a creative impulse really…