Painting Tips | Roses

While “old time is still a-flying,” five artists portray the rose as ephemeral subject and enduring symbol—and make it seem new. The following is a free excerpt from the article “Gather Ye Rosebuds” by Maureen Bloomfield, in the November 2011 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.

Rose Castle (oil, 10x8) by Colin Berry

Tips for Painting Roses

Photographs for Color Reference
“Once you’ve learned how to draw by working from life, you can use photo references loaded into your computer. These references are helpful in determining and depicting nuances of color.” —Colin Berry

Rotate the Paper
“Rotate your painting so you can find the balance. If you’re not happy with what you’ve done, place a mat on top of a section so you can see color, shape and form and get a better perspective.” —Birgit O’Connor

Choose the Larger Brush
“I deliberately choose a brush slightly larger than I initially reach for because it’s important to consider the entire effect. Work the entire picture; resist the urge to get too focused or detailed.” —Dana Levin

The Form of Roses
“Roses have a structure that lacks the dramatic gesture and movement that I find in sunflowers. Therefore roses require a different approach to painting. Composition, texture and color become the main ways of manipulation rather than gesture.” —Jimmy Wright

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