Pink Rose

Day 5 Pink Rose in Watercolor

Daily Kreatif Painting Series

Welcome to Day 5 of the Daily Kreatif Painting Series: Watercolor Fun!

Yesterday I showed you how I painted a rose. Today I’m going to show you an even more complicated rose. I don’t know what I was thinking.

But, oh my goodness! I spotted this huge rose at the local nursery near my house and I just had to take a photo of it.

The nursery is just walking distance from our house, so it’s nice to go there and get some inspiration for my paintings.

Looking back, I’m so glad that I brought my camera with me that day.

This rose is so beautiful. At that time I spotted it, in the summertime, the sun was lighting it from behind and made the rose look even prettier than it would normally look. The lighting gave a see through effect to some of the petals of the rose. And because this rose was so much bigger than a normal sized rose, I just had to document it in the photo.

When I started to attempt this painting, I had a hard time figuring out where I wanted to start. My goal was to recreate the effect of the lighting that I saw on that day.

So, yesterday, I just put the washes all over the petals. However, for this painting, I started the rose at the center and then worked petal by petal, working in stages. Trust me. It can really be daunting to figure out what petals you’re painting and keep them separate at the same time.

I completed one petal before moving on to the next one. This was so that I didn’t have to go back to those areas again later and fix them. When I got the hues and the values right, just like what I saw in my photo reference, I moved onto the next petal.

Okay, so, where to get ideas for your flower paintings. Here are my two suggestions:

Your morning walk. Like walking your kids to school, walking your dog or walking to your local grocery store or nursery, like I did.

If you feel like driving, how about paying a visit to a nearby flower garden or your local park. Years ago, we visited the Exposition Park Rose Garden in LA, and loved our time there. So many roses and other flowers to see there.

You can see here that I leave some areas of the paper untouched with paint, to show to you that those are the brightest highlights on this rose. I want to achieve the effect of the light coming from the back of the rose on some of the petals.

Like a colored pencil with a pointy led, you can see that a brush can act like a pencil. I can’t help to feel like I’m holding my brushes like I do my pencils. So I feel it’s so much easier working with a smaller brush depending on what area of a painting I’m working on.

I really love the result of this painting because I feel I did a great job of recreating the rose.

So the next time, when someone gives you roses or any kind of flowers, take a moment to photograph them. You may not use them right away. But, hey, you’ll thank yourself in the future.

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