Spring Rose Series #5 (and #2-#4)

“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!

Sketching Before Breakfast #3 Mystery Pears and More

Two pears and an apple on breakfast table; morning sketch in Procreate on the iPad.

Two pears and an apple on breakfast table; morning sketch in Procreate on the iPad.

And we have more morning sketches. I was really trying to force myself to stick to 3 values for each object. My glass-topped table is so great with its frosted glass square design elements and reflections.

Unfinished sketch of bananas and lemon on the table

Unfinished sketch of bananas and lemon on the table

Super quick sketch done on Procreate on my iPhone with my finger, barely had a minute to draw but didn't want to lose momentum.

Super quick sketch done on Procreate on my iPhone with my finger, barely had a minute to draw but didn’t want to lose momentum.

Sketching Before Breakfast #1 – Bananas and Lemons

Drawing before breakfast: I sketch whatever is on my dining room table before breakfast. Often they’re unfinished because I get too hungry or have to hurry off somewhere.

Drawing before breakfast: I sketch whatever is on my dining room table before breakfast. Often they’re unfinished because I get too hungry or have to hurry off somewhere.

And this begins a series of posts of the sketches I’ve been doing before breakfast at the dining room table where I start the day with a cup of coffee, my journal and my iPad. I read a bit of email, journal a bit and sketch what’s on the table in front of me, pretty much as I find it. I don’t always have time to finish a sketch but it’s always a great way to start the day.

Another before breakfast sketch of stuff on the dining room table in Procreate on the iPad.

Another before breakfast sketch of stuff on the dining room table in Procreate on the iPad.

Quickie before breakfast sketch at the table in Procreate on the iPad.

Quickie before breakfast sketch at the table in Procreate on the iPad.

Unfinished breakfast sketch in Procreate on the iPad. Had to get going and when I came back things had moved around so couldn’t finish.

Unfinished breakfast sketch in Procreate on the iPad. Had to get going and when I came back things had moved around so couldn’t finish.

Sunset on Pt. Isabel in Gouache

Point Isabel at Sunset, Gouache on Arches Watercolor paper, 9x12

Point Isabel at Sunset, Gouache on Arches Watercolor paper, 9×12″

Continuing my gouache experiments, I was pretty happy with the way this one turned out. I gave it to my daughter-in-law when she told me how much she liked it and would love to hang it on her wall. Now she can. That’s one of the best by-products of a passion for painting…being able to share my vision with others.

Photo that didn't at all capture the vibrancy of what I was seeing in real life!

Photo that didn’t at all capture the vibrancy of what I was seeing in real life!

Rose in Mom’s Milk Glass Vase

Rose in Mom’s Milkglass Vase, oil on Dura-Lar, 12×9″

This was a fun two afternoon painting. Below are the steps in the work in progress and photo of the setup. This was painted about a year after my mother passed away. It’s poignant to be painting some of her special glassware.

Rose in Mom's Milkglass Vase, Procreate sketch on iPad.

Rose in Mom’s Milkglass Vase, Procreate sketch on iPad.

iPad on the easel with still life set up

iPad on the easel with still life set up

Photo of the set up

Photo of the set up

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