Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"The Last Rose" Oil on hardboard 5x7

When I take pictures, I usually think about what it might look like as a painting.  I took several pictures of leaves one day last fall... or perhaps the year before...  most of them I placed on the faded cypress wood of our front porch.  I actually managed to follow through and paint the oak leaves.  Jim claimed that painting before I was even half-way finished. The same day, I cut this rose off one of the bushes that Jim planted in the middle of our drive.  We have a triangle-shaped island of sorts, and we've tried several different things there, but the roses have looked the best.  They fill in early, bloom all summer, and keep on going until the first heavy frost says 'enough, already!'  This was one of the last roses I cut.


  1. Wow I love this, how did you get that texture on the wood? I find roses so difficult to paint, the colours and tonal change is so subtle in the petals. Just discovered your work and I too have just built a studion above the garage/barn so am painting every day. A long way from you though...

  2. Nigel, I apologize for not getting back on here sooner. Life has taken a few detours for me lately. Thank for your encouraging words, and for your interest. This was a fun painting, and bit of an experiment. When I thinned out the paint, it streaked and ran together, like watercolor. I kept adding different colors, like weathered wood, and did 2 or 3 layers. I let it dry completely before adding the shadow.