Thursday, June 19, 2014

TJ Roses & 3 Tips on How to Paint Roses

TJ Roses  Oil on wood  8" x 8"  SOLD
This post was originally titled:  "Why Roses are So Dang Difficult." But we're trying to stay positive, lol.  Thus notes to self, my top tips on how to paint roses:

  • Unlike most flowers, each rose usually has a full range of values from dark to light.  Identify accordingly.
  • Roses (especially white ones) contain a dizzying array of neutrals and more saturated hues.  Include both or you risk painting something dull and lifeless.
  • Regarding edges that spiral, overlap and curl:  Too many graphic edges can be over-kill.  ...and all soft is a snooze-fest.  Use sharp edges for focal points and areas that beg definition.  


  1. Thanks for the tips. I just did a painting that included a rose that I keep fiddling with and now consider it a major FAIL. These tips give me some ideas. This is a beautiful painting.

  2. I can make a very good one from a single square of paper. Does that count? =) Indigo x

  3. I love painting flowers but I'd have to agree that Roses are So Dang Difficult! My yard is full of them and I love 'em, but I find myself painting the single varieties because they're more interesting and easier.


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