Sunday, July 19, 2009

Watercolor Painting :: Rose

Steve Penberthy - Watercolor Painting of a Yellow Rose - Version 1 of 2
11" x 15" (28 x 38 cm)
Watercolor on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb CP paper
© 2009 Steve Penberthy

I painted this rose from a photo that I took at the Missouri Botanical Garden a few years ago. I've never really attempted to paint any florals formally, so this I guess is my first try. I thought this rose might afford me some opportunities to practice my unifying and separating wash technique that I learned in Laurie Humble's workshop.

This was a challenging painting, and I have mixed feelings about the results; I feel like I succeeded in a couple of areas but the exercise quickly revealed that I also have a lot of room for improvement and learning in other areas.

I did two paintings of the same subject; the first one appears above. On the second, I tried to get a little looser, rely on building up layers/glazes, and go lighter on the values. The second attempt appears below. I'm really not sure which one I like better; they both have pros/cons to them.

Steve Penberthy - Watercolor Painting of a Yellow Rose - Version 2 of 2
I guess the thing I came away with is that I've got a lot to learn, and I learned a lot already by attempting this challenging subject.

I've got other stuff to look at on Flickr.