“Spring Rose Series #5” Oil on Yupo, 12x9”
“Spring Rose Series #5” Oil on Yupo, 12×9”

I was happy with this painting of my roses, done from life in 2 1/2 afternoons, especially after having tried and failed several times to paint my neighbor’s pink roses. (See below for photos of the process).

I’d read that oil painting on Yupo paper worked well and was archival so decided to give it a try with a pad of Yupo I’d bought long ago for watercolor. It hadn’t fit my watercolor style then, but I found it very fun to paint on with oils and also easy to wipe off. It’s similar to painting on DuraLar except it’s not transparent.

Photo of setup and steps in the process
Photo of setup and steps in the process of painting above

Every time I tried to paint my neighbor’s roses, I’d get the drawing and block in started, run out of time and the next morning the flowers had slumped or collapsed to the point I’d have to give up, wipe off and start over.

 Roses painting attempt 3 and 4
Roses painting attempt 3 and 4

I finally decided the square oil primed linen panel was jinxed and abandoned it. (Or maybe it was karma? The first bunch I’d taken without permission but even after I’d gotten permission his roses just wouldn’t hold up.)

Rose painting attempt #2
Rose painting attempt #2
Dead Flowers Again!
Dead Flowers Again!
Art, Flower Art, Glass, Oil Painting, Painting, Rose, Still Life
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Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. I think your roses are beautiful. The lighting and petals are so elegantly executed. I love the olive green you chose for the background too. It is an interesting contrast with the vibrant green of the leaves and of course the pink roses. I never thought of painting oil on yupo. An all around success!


    • Thank you so much Julie! It is such a good feeling when a painting works, when I’m able to accomplish what I set out to do. I guess it’s true that practice and persistence pay off but sometimes for me it takes a lot of time and patience too!



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