Thursday, March 22, 2012

AlphabeThursday - r is for rose



Rose is the first word that popped into my head, that starts with the letter R.  
But the roses in my garden aren’t out yet.  How on earth am I going to 
illustrate my post without photos of roses?  And then it came to me.


I haven't drawn flowers yet, and I'm not experienced at still-life, but what the heck.  I've got to start using my new watercolor journal, the one I plan to take on vacation with me.  So I got out my favorite gardening book (The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch) and turned to the Roses section.  I love hybrid tea roses - they're so big and bold!  And they can be any color I want.  


So I sketched out a bud in pencil, outlined it with a Micron pen, and painted it in.  I tried to remember what I learned about shading faces and light direction, and apply it to the rose.  Then I went to the pruning section of my book to see how the leaves came off the stems, and painted them in.  I finished the drawing off with a little bit of blue at the bottom of the page, so the rose wasn't just floating all by its lonesome...


This might all sound a bit foolish to accomplished painters, 
but it was another big hurtle for me.  I painted my first rose bud!





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15 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great Job! Your rose is so detailed. I like how the micro pen really defines the edges and the painting adds great color!

Lavender Cottage said...

Your rose turned out very nice and shows your creative side.
The garden roses I'm showing are from last year.

Karen S. said...

Oh this is especially beautiful! I also like how you came to pick your R word. I do the same thing, and usually it works out pretty well! As did yours!

Cathy Kennedy said...

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet...good job! I so gotta get into journaling like you. I think this is the coolest!

Monica said...

You did a great job! Very pretty!

Sue said...

Good for you!

=)

Rose said...

Of course I had to comment on this! :) Nicely done. I love the colors and the details on the leaves.

Splendid Little Stars said...

and a very pretty rose it is! great detail and shading!

Nancy said...

I think that's amazing for a first try!!! I'm so proud of you for sticking with this and challenging yourself to learn and try new things with drawing!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Lovely! I wish I could draw/paint.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Very nice, Deb! It's great that you can illustrate your own posts!
If I were drawing a rose, it would end up looking like a daisy or a tulip, 'cause they're the only flowers I can draw!!!

anitamombanita said...

I find it hard to believe that's your first rose. It's LOVELY!!

Jesh StG said...

If this is your first rose, I would definitely continue!! Advice from an artist:)

Nezzy said...

Woohoo, the first of many beautiful rose paintings, I'm sure! Great job!

I have a little rose slide show from my rose garden last summer over at my post right now. I have 38 rose bushes.

Have yourself an awesomely blessed weekend sweetie!!! :o)

Jenny said...

You have to start somewhere...

I think your first Rose bud was absolutely Remarkable!

Great post for the letter "R"!

Thanks for linking.

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