A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

I may be thinking too much

but as I was working on this painting it occurred to me that these roses are actually rose coloured.  Is a rose rose? When is a rose not a rose? Not quite an epiphany but it is fun to say and to think about. And I am rather sleepy right about now... and obviously easily entertained.

WIP Helen Shideler "A Rose is a Rose"

I figure that

each petal takes me just under an hour to paint.  I paint each one wet in wet and let the colours flow into each other, then edit by removing some paint and adding some more deeper tones. In the photo above, well the colour is off.  When you take photos inside the camera reads the white background funny.  The pinks are close but the background is white not cream.  But you can definitely see it shaping up! I this the name of this painting will have to include something about a cascade.  

WIP Helen Shideler "A Rose is a Rose'

Starting to build dimension by adding in the green of the leaves.  They are really quite deep shades of green. I have stated one and cannot wait to get into the others.

WIP Helen Shideler "A Rose is a Rose"

Here is a close of of another area. 

Pretty in Pink Update #2

Oh so slow she goes...

Pretty in Pink WIP Helen Shideler

I have set this painting aside a couple of time.  Not for loss of interest but for competing priorities.  Namely a couple of commissions.  Then there was the 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge.  And a wonderful trip to Vancouver to visit family and welcome a beautiful new grandson.  So there have been numerous delays.

I started back in this past week.  I had to redraw the centre of the flowers as the lines I originally drew lost their interpretation over time (and some really faded) so now they did not make as much sense to me.  After all that scrutiny on the blooms I started in with the background.  Go figure.  But this was quite liberating.  I was able to cover a large area of the painting and still work loose.  Understand that when I say loose, the work is carefully planned and thought through before I even pick up a wet brush.  

I got pretty excited as the background started to take shape. Controlled wet-in-wet washes, mingling colours and multiple washes.  Delicious and fun!  And the roses started to pop with the contrast.

And then back into the redrawn blooms starting from the top down. I plan on completing this one this week.  Fingers crossed!

Peek-a-Boo completed

Armed with green gold, olive green, perylene green and sap green I began this painting adventure.  Although the lily pads took a lot of concentration - they were fun to paint.  Monochromatic.   But fun none the less.  The little leopard frogs were trickier to scketch in than they were to paint.  Almost my favourite bits of painting are the tiny little bugs.  I had to take my glasses off to work on them. The work in progress post is just below!

Petunia Cascade

I have been working on this painting for about three weeks now.  Between the layering of colors and alternating with masking compound and waiting for it all to dry.  I am so not patient! I love how deep and rich the colors are.  I went back in with magenta and a really bright pink to add more detail and create more dimension. And of course, viridian green and indigo for the leaves. After I removed the masking compound and sat back to look at the work - it reminded me of a serigraph print.  I actually thought about leaving it as is.  It had depth and the shaped were interesting.  But, being who I am, I had to go back in with more detail.

Interesting enough, the most difficult stage of this painting was titling it.

WIP - Poured painting of petunias - fingers crossed

This painting is being developed by careful planning and a solid preliminary drawing, pour an application of paint and then mask then repeat.  To get to this stage, the work has gone through six paint pours and six mask applications. I masked our the white areas initially then poured a light shade of pink.  There were three pink pours in total and two shades of green and one of dark blue.
Removing the masking compound is a bit of a work out and somewhat stressful.  The work has to be completely dry prior to removal.  One of the key elements of this method is to not allow the mask to sit on the paper for too long.  Also, I am nervous when I think I should use a hair dryer to accelerate the drying process.  I am really timid that the mask will bond to the paper and ruin the effort.
I am at the stage now where I soften us any harsh edges created my masking.  Then I will start to further develop the painting.  Although this method is laborious, it it still faster than my normal approach.  At least this is what I tell myself.

 

Fair Ladies

These lovely flowers grace the inside of our chicken wire fenced in garden.  We moved all our lilies into this rustic enclosure - in hopes to foil the white tail deer population that absolutely belive lily blooms are deer ice cream.  Well our plan work surperbly...well, until last year.

They have leaned longingly into the fence for a few years now - and managed to bend down a section making it easy for them to leap over.  And well, we cannot figure out how to repair it with out completely rebuilding it!

The deer love lilies.  All kinds of lilies - as much as we do.  Only we do not eat ours!  The lilies grow amoung the asparagus (which deer do not eat) and the mint (wish they would eat) and the clematis (crap shoot on this one, well they will sometimes eat the blooms).

And so, in a effort to get to enjoy these lovelies, I must paint them.  This ia a 12"  x 12" watercolor on Arches 300lb paper.  I think as time permits I will paint this again on Ampersand Aquabord in a larger size.

Nothing like a pending deadline to motivate an artist!

Fushia Delight

I am so excited to be participating in the Kings County Studio Tour this June 9th and 10th - http://www.studiotour-nb.com/  .  This means, of course, I have to be prepared.  Now I have been painting for quite awhile getting ready for a solo exhibit "Full Spectrum" to be hung at the Imperial Theatre the end of August this year.  So I have a lot of really large paintings completed for this.  The gap I have is for smaller pieces.

So what does any artist operating under self imposed deadlines do? Why I checked my framing inventory and, this time wrote the sizes down and went searching for subjects that would be fun to paint and coordinate with my three burgundy frames and two gold ones.

Two Beez

So far so good, I have two completed and the others are lightly drawn out.  There are more petunias, a different variety, pretty lillies (I have no idea which variety) and apple blossoms.  I will be ready for any color other than pink.  Oh, by the way, I have a large painting in progress - pretty pink peonies under way as well.  More to follow on this one -just likely not too soon!