10 1/2'" x 11 1/2"
on 140# paper
framed or unframed
date completed: 2/14/2016
I have drawn roses before, looking at flowers on a bush. I used colored pencil on those practice drawings, which came out very realistic.
In a watercolor class, the instructor showed us how to draw our own rose, from a basic shape. Mine did not have the same realism. I have a catalog of roses, in such a wide array of colors. I chose as my model the flower on the cover, successfully reproducing by hand, the beautiful bloom.
Setting it aside for awhile, when I came back to the project, could not find my original. With the image executed once again, this time I chose watercolor to complete the composition. A solitary flower in the middle of the paper seemed uninteresting, so background of sky, foreground of leaves and portions of other roses were added, even though source photo lacked embellishment.
This painting is the first one done in a square format. The frame chosen was very nice, adding to the elegance of the flower. But I was not completely satisfied. What was needed turned out to be a larger frame.
I discovered using the Golden Mean in figuring out what size mat and frame artwork needs to set it off. "Rose" is the first painting that I used this method on, and the result is the perfect ratio of border to picture. The difference is amazing and I am glad to have found the current frame..
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