Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Delicate Pink


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Let me start out by saying - I love this painting. This is the one I paint for. The one that paints itself. The paint-gasm. This is it.

I was writing to my friend Lee today because she said she was inspired to paint some roses. I said, "This is what I’ve learned [about painting roses] lately – paint the biggest chunks first, totally ignoring (and painting right over) the little chunks. Paint the big chunks with big bold strokes. Squint to see just how big they are. Then after you’ve got them in, go back and paint the little things (thin petals that you see on edge, and little dark marks where things are folded under) on top of the big strokes, thick enough to cover. When you get to the edges of the rose, be loose so you get some softness (otherwise it looks like a cutout), but make some still a little sharp (variety)."

7 comments:

Caroline Greene said...

The light in this is beautiful. The pinks are tender, the greens fresh and soft, the yellows creamy and buttery.. Summer is all here - just gorgeous, Carol.

Kathie Jankauskas said...

Thanks for sharing your "what I've learned" comments!! They are so helpful and remind me all the lessons from your workshop!!

Angelique said...

I LOVE this composition! So gorgeous. Great advice about painting roses -- I usually try to do it all at once, but it makes so much more sense to do the large shapes first!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful lessons.
I agree, this is SLAM BANGIN' !

Debbie said...

Thanks for Sharing your insights Carol. This is really gorgeous!! The light, variation in color, composition...way to go!

Denise D. said...

Lovely!!! I'd like to know your starting colors for your posts. just the focal point. then maybe additional add ins as transitional colors. it would really help. thank you!!! i love your blog and paintings.

Carol Marine said...

Thanks you guys!!!

Denise, For this rose I started with the pinks in shadows, especially the "glowy" pinks. I'm not sure exactly what the colors were, but definitely included permanent rose (essential for pinks). Then I moved on to the pinks in light, always going for the big chunks first, and leaving the little details for last.

I use a limited palette - yellow, red, blue and white. The more saturated colors have fewer tube colors mixed in. The shadows are always gray (mix of all 3 primaries and maybe white). I have a whole color mixing tutorial here: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/ArtTutorials/ArtBytePage?inArtByteId=28, in case you're interested. : ) If you don't know how the tube colors "lean," I would definitely recommend it, or chapter 5 in my book, "Daily Painting": http://www.amazon.com/Daily-Painting-Creative-Productive-Successful-ebook/dp/B00KAFXAL6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400012581&sr=8-1&keywords=carol+marine