Simply Roses, 2012, 30 x 24
Back to the white roses again (I asked Michael for some white ones for Valentines' Day)! I still really enjoy playing with pale tones on pale backgrounds -- think I'll try some stacked creamware next and then maybe some really pale skies and sand (am at the beach right now, so that's all around).
Over the past few years, I have been experimenting with pales. By nature I tend to be a colorist, and after checking out the 32 little paintings pictured in my last post, one could see the colors abounding in most of them. So the subtleties are a challenge for moi!
The first group of three pales, done in 2011, are below:
Don't Tell, 2011, 36 x 36
Winter Roses, 16 x 12, 2011
Petite Surprise, 16 x 12, 2011
Looking through the 2010 painting files, I could only find one of the subtle ones. On this dress, I resorted to outlines in various places to establish directional lines and for definition (you can see why, since there surely isn't much value range here; that's when a dark background comes in handy). When doing floral subject matter on pale ground, as above, the stems in clear vases add direction and the darker leaves help define form.
Tiny Dress, 2010, 30 x 24
In the 2009 files, I found this floral with pears to be among the palest, yet it has more color than those above. I like it -- perhaps the underpainting of dark red unifies the background and defines the left flower, making a harmonious whole.
Table for Three, 2009, 24 x 24
Back in 2008, I did my first white roses, and there were LOTS of leaves, which are more clearly defined than recent ones. Below the roses is my first white box with white ribbon from 2008. It's fun to see old and new takes on a similar theme ...
Camellia Leaves and Roses, 2008, 20 x 16
Surprise Me, 2008, 12 x 12