On Sunday a friend brought some yellow roses to a party I was having for a mutual friend. The roses inspired me. I kept six of them and sent four back with her so we could share the beauty. Only two of them are left on the table, so I am glad I started this painting when I did – the day after the party. I cut the stems down a little so they would look better in the blue vase. I liked the blue because it is complimentary to the yellow. I knew I could paint the vase any color, but sometimes it is easier to start with something that is a close reference to what you want as your finished painting.
I attempted to make one rose the ‘star’ by including more color and brush differentiation and put some leading highlight lines leading to the main rose. I didn’t want a perfectly brushed rose bunch, and I didn’t want it too soft. I didn’t care of the edge of the table behind the bunch of roses was a perfect line. I felt making it ‘perfect’ would detract and lead the eye away from the roses. I think I am done with it. I will let it sit now and see how it feels in a few days. It is always good to allow your paintings to sit around a while and look at them from time to time. What do you think? Should I make it more impressionistic or realistic?