One evening Caleb came home and said 'I have a surprise for you, close your eyes.' I smelt them before I saw them, three perfect roses in full bloom an several rose buds clustered about them. They were so beautiful and big, and the colours so delicious, that I had to paint them. So the next day I began the painting which I worked on all week rose by rose. I have painted them just as I first saw them together in his hands holding them out to me.
I put them in a glass of water on my desk which I did not include in my final painting. At first I painted it in but it made the painting look so boring and typical that I got rid of it and played with the paint until I came up with my final arrangement which I like a lot better. I didn't begin this painting by composing the whole thing on my panel first but simply started working on the pink rose and gradually worked my way out each day.
The light in our 'Site' was something I had to work around. I began this in the afternoon when the sun was coming into the room, but not directly onto the roses. Then I found that if I had the doors open in the morning the sun would be directly on the roses changing entirely the way they looked. So I could only paint from just past noon, until four thirty by which time dusk was coming on. But working around this I managed to get a painting which makes me feel like I can paint again. I particularly like the orange rose which was the last one to be painted and by which time I was in full swing of rose painting. I took a detailed shot of it which you can see below. I hope you enjoy this picture.
panel, oil paint with Walnut oil medium,