Base: Pastel Paper
Pastel painting on Tex pastel paper derived from photos taken at the rose gardens in front of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. A lot of little details have been deleted and the colours have been modified to suite. The background has been simplified and darkened so that your attention is only on the large rose and its few rosebud companions.
I am still practicing painting and drawing flowers, roses in particular, which are a popular subject for art collectors and many people like to see paintings of them in their homes. They are a favourite flower of mine as well and I have always admired people who could do these flowers justice.
During the past year I have been lucky to study with a few excellent artists who have given me some tips on how to approach subjects like roses and not get lost in the maze of patterns going on as well as simplifying subject so that the viewer fill in the gaps as they look at it.
I owe them a great debt of gratitude, because without their input this painting would never have happened. The goal is to create an artwork, not a painting that looks like a photo.
There should be a natural flow as you work your way around this artwork which took a bit of thinking and planning, as I am working on making the composition mine and not a random pattern.
As paintings go I am happy with achievements I have made in it, but at the same time I am looking forward to improving even more in the future. The comments it has received and the award at Berwick Art Society have shown that it is painting that will attract positive feedback and that many people like it. That is something that I am always happy to hear and hope that as I improve they will keep coming! it also sold just after I posted it on social media for feedback – you can’t ask for much better than that.
Dimensions: 30 cm (width) × 22 cm (height)
Ownership: Private collector
Credit: Original photography by Janice Mills