Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hmmmm ... Looks Like My Riding Was Better than My Painting Today

Masked the perimeter, then painted graded aureolin wash

Realized I had to mask the entire thing, then started painting very dark green washes [yes, I know it looks black here]

After about 5 dark washes, I removed mask

Roses = aureolin with aureolin + pink + cobalt blue  for shadows
Leaves and stem are mixes of phthalo green + quin. gold + quin. burnt orange 

Bit more playing with the rose petals, and tone down the leaves a bit

I had to paint something today ... ANYTHING! So I did some sketching, and decided to finally get this rose out of my system. [I've been thinking of painting it for weeks] It's small - only 7.5 x 5.5 inches, and I just about went cross-eyed finishing it this evening. I find yellow and black very hard to work with. Any way, here it is. And as ALWAYS, any comments or questions are most welcome.
As for riding, Bruno and I had a very good time today. He is finally getting the concept of "inside leg into outside rein", and he is carrying himself better all the time! :)


  1. This is very interesting....magic!

  2. I love your roses, I am jealous, I have been so busy with Christmas there hasn't been time to paint. I was able to grab a bit of time and start of layout for my snowy owls. Keep up the good work, and by the way, what is this "inside leg into outside rein"??

  3. Thank you for sharing this step by step with us.
    Merry Christmas.
    Greetings .-

  4. Love these 'lessons' Kathryn, I should really try to do something using the masking, but ...and I know I am repeating myself.... patience is not my strong side. BUT you inspire me to DO it, so I will ! Lovely rose, so delicate, and yellow roses are just my favorites! xox

  5. The roses have come out very beautiful. The dark background adds to the effect I think.
    Best wishes,

  6. This is really neat! I love how you tell the colors you use to create it! Neat!

  7. Good on ya for tackling yellow and black, since you find them hard to work with! This came out fine!
    I usually find roses are hard to paint because I tend to get "lost" in the petals.

  8. The background colour is perfect for the rose, lovely work!
    Best wishes for 2012 :)