Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Growing Flowers

Blooming Roses
Painting size 22 1/2" x 15"

I have always loved flowers but have to confess I am no gardener. If it wasn't for my husband looking after our moderate sized garden I would need to employ a gardener to have anything decent to admire. However I thoroughly enjoy creating a garden on paper by using my imagination and with the aid of a single bloom reference (real, photo or googled) for getting a bit of a likeness, I plant a flower on the page and let my imagination help it grow into a flower bed full of blooms. I try and portray the essence of the flower and use a variety of brush strokes, flicks, splatters and more to convey my imaginary leaf shapes, stems and twigs. I haven't painted enough in my opinion these past few days due to outside committments but yesterday I was able to get lost in the moment with trying to capture the essence of these Roses. This is the type of painting I like the best. They don't all turn out well but they are a lot of fun and very rewarding when they do.

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  1. These flowers are definitely the next best thing to gardening, Lorraine! You captured their luscious color, along with a beautiful background, and I really love your bleeds.

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    1. Not sure what would be harder Terry, growing them for real or trying to paint them to look real!

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  2. I love that you can get something so wonderful from a single bloom reference. Nicely done...great edges to the roses.

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    1. Thanks Joan, I really enjoy creating in this way

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  3. I love these roses Lorraine, such gorgeous colors you've got going. This one is certainly a winner!

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    1. Thanks Sherry, you know how much I enjoy painting flowers

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  4. There is nothing better than painting from life especially with flowers. I love the creativity, delicacy and soft colours to your roses Lorraine.

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    1. Thanks Laura, this is my favourite kind of working

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  5. Hello Lorraine:) You did a wonderful job on these flowers. I love the color very much. The little buds are lovely and the blue background is beautiful! My second hobby is gardening. It is so relaxing! I hope to see more flowers from your imagination:)

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  6. Glad you like this Renate, I love gardening too - well I love seeing it done!

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