Tuesday, May 6, 2014

My Second Venture with the Rose ... and Bruno ...

I am still bound and determined to capture the essence of this rose ...

... but have decided to go yellow rather than peach in color.
Both of these photos are taken in my friend's back yard. She does love her garden! And I do, too!!!

This is after at least 10 w/w washes of aureolin, phthalo green,  burnt orange and alizarin to get the dark background. Thankfully, the masking cooperated this time - YAY!!!
The shadowed areas of the rose I have painted with a thin glaze of aureolin. The leaves are done w/w with aureolin, phthalo green, quin. gold and burnt orange. I think there's a touch of alizarin and indanthrone here and there, too.

More color on the rose shadows - thin quin. gold.

I have done the shadows again with a brown mixture of quin. gold, alizarin and phthalo green.

I think I am done with the brown. My plan is to go into the shadows again with warm, bright colors - yellows, pinks, oranges ...

As for Bruno, he had 5 days off [he pulled a shoe, I had to go into Vancouver, it was pouring rain ...]
When we finally got together yesterday, he wanted to play a rip-snorting game of "Who's the Boss"! Horses, being herd animals, constantly jockey for higher positions in the wild. The acts can be subtle - a look, a posture - or extreme - an all-out fight-to the-death. One must be vigilant and observant, noticing slight changes of posture and position, shifting of hooves. It's a quite the job, maintaining one's leadership. I really find it so hard to be masterful and disciplined all the time with a horse. I see all of them through the eyes of  Anna Sewell and "Black Beauty". Yesterday, His Nibs tested me the entire time, and I was exhausted, but I saw the exercise through to a good conclusion. Here's hoping today will not be so trying!!!

Thank you for dropping by! Your comments are always welcome!


  1. Me encanta, Kathryn, el esfuerzo personal, que muestra en sus trabajos, superando las dificultades del propio proceso y las de los materiales. A todos nos pasa. Es importante ir seleccionando los mejores materiales porque en cierta manera garantizan algo el resultado final.(papel, pigmentos, etc)
    Me gusta cómo la rosa va apareciendo con un control absoluto de la luz, las formas y el color. Enhorabuena.
    No entiendo nada de caballos pero soy un incondicional admirador de estos animales por su nobleza, fuerza y belleza. Saludos y un abrazo.

  2. Your Rose is simply glowing, Kathryn!! Irina

  3. Its getting more beautiful all the time!!
    And sounds like your having serious conversations with Bruno!

  4. Coming along beautifully ! Wow, quite a job to be the 'mother ' of a horse , you are being so brave !

  5. I love watching the stages of your paintings Kathryn - the rose is looking beautiful already.
    Good old Bruno keeping Mum on her toes ... glad he gave you a good workout LOL

  6. It is going to be beautiful Kathryn! It really does sing out!
    Tut-tut... naughty Bruno! I have a vacuum cleaner that likes to take 'me' for a walk sometimes, when it should be the other way around! ;0)