I have been asked to do a commission to present to a church committee for 3 paintings which will be displayed in their new entrance lobby... I have a brief and have been playing around with compositions of roses and crosses (will feature the crosses in a future blog) and think I have settled on a vertical "S" shaped composition.
I have sent this for approval and thankfully in principle they liked though we think it needs tightening up a bit
I have practiced lots and lots of roses and have been inspired by Jean Haines work and in particular this blog (as an aside Jean raises money for cancer research via this blog by asking those who use it to make a donation) which I have used to do many studies from. However I would like to think that I am now painting them in my own style... both these studies have been painted entirely from my imagination, with no reference to anyone else's work, BUT backed up with those hours of practice, getting to know the subject and learning just how to paint them in a way that suits me and my fast, bold brushstrokes!! I am not known for subtlety but am learning to be slightly more delicate when the subject demands and that is something I have had to learn the hard way as your brush stroke is as individual as your handwriting and only by working and working on it have I learned to apply the paint with differing amounts of pressure.
As for the finishing touches, where to keep lost edges and where to add darker bits negatively, that also comes with practice, that and standing back, reviewing, sometimes taking photos and again, no two artists would add those touches in exactly the same place... they are as individual as the brushstrokes and partly what gives us our style... so, having been inspired by another artist I feel I am now on the road with my own work and while I will always follow Jean and her wonderful paintings I no longer use her as a crutch......something I am sure she would be delighted to hear as I know she is thrilled to see people she has helped moving on!!