Saturday, September 29, 2012

Yellow Roses (no.86)

8" x 8" x 3/4", oil on masonite


If you'd like to purchase a print of this painting, please feel free to visit my Etsy shop!

The last few weeks have been hectic so I've unfortunately had to sweep painting under the rug to make time for the rest.  Namely I have been devoting time to making prints available on my Etsy shop as well as trying to promote that as much as possible, but there have been numerous other unseen situations along the way (including an impromptu tooth extraction, that was fun).  Usually an 8x8 painting takes me about 1-2 days to complete, however this one, being composed of multiple 20 min. sessions, lasted the course of 2 weeks. 

It was a really beautiful scene I was eager to paint as soon as I shot it, but, as seems to be the normal outcome now, the more simple and fun it looks to paint the more deceptively difficult it is.  In this case, the vase was the major point of frustration, quickly changing from the feature I was rushing everything else to get to, to the bane of my existence.  I think it might just be these types of glass in particular as the vase, similar to this one, in my last white flower painting, was also trying on my patience. 

Either way, though I am fairly happy with the final product, this painting was a challenge for me, and I don't really know why.  Paintings are poison apples: you never know which bite is going to be the wrong one, and for me it seems the most delicious looking are almost always the deadliest...and I am a guy dressed like Snow White with a paintbrush.  Just picture that...

This is how it would look framed (actual painting does not include frame):


  1. What a lovely painting. The harmony is beautiful.
    I enjoyed seeing the process too. Thanks for taking the time.

  2. I find it interesting to read about how you struggled with this painting, because it really doesn't show. There is a beautiful simplicity to all the muted green- a non-picky quality- and I could look all that at the value contrasts in background.

  3. Love this color palette. Also love seeing you paint NH scenes!