Painting 340 Roses!

August 27, 2020

We almost made it through another crazy week! Yes, I am officially considering today Friday. This week I stayed up each night painting. I am happy with the results.

When I last reported, I began to figure out the placement of the watercolor roses. As you may recall, I am adding them to my 48”x 64” canvas painting. The subject is a peacock tail-rattling. I decided to call it “Peacock Rattling.”

I was about to begin to collage or decoupage them, but I decided that I needed more roses. Please refer back to the blog titled “Evolving Artwork: Peacock Rattling,“ for all the details. That same night I began painting more watercolor roses.

I followed the wet on wet technique. I gave each rose a light wash of color. Then, for the details, I decided to use a different approach. I painted lines of various lengths to simulate the petals of each rose. In the end, each one is a unique abstract representation of a rose. Did I mention that I painted 340 roses in various sizes?

adjective /abˈstrakt,ˈabˌstrakt/

  1. 1. existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence. “abstract concepts such as love or beauty”

2. relating to abstract art. “abstract pictures that look like commercial color charts” ab·stract art

  1. art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.

definitions by Oxford Language,

“Abstract art uses visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.” Wikipedia

What do you call art that looks real?

“Realism (a.k.a. naturalism) is a style of art regarded by most as “real art”. … Photorealism (a.k.a. super realism, sharp focus realism, hyper realism) is an art style where the artwork looks as realistic as a photo.“

One of my favorite abstract artists is Wassily Kandinsky. Interestingly, I began to like his work after I bought a copy. I should clarify that the copy that I am referring to is actually printed onto a protective cover for my old computer. It is the work called: “Color Study Squares with Concentric Circles.”(see photo below) I believe that my new watercolor roses may be similar to his work.

“Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (December 16, 1866 to December 13, 1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist. Kandinsky is generally credited as the pioneer of abstract art. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Wikipedia

Wassily Kandinsky “Several Circles,” 1926

“The painter (Kandinsky) brought to life his own theoretical studies in his “Several Circles”. Deliberately limited himself only with one form, the circle, Kandinsky focused all his attention on other aspects such as colours and masses and their relative position on the canvas which determine the composition.

Wassily Kandinsky “Color Study Squares with Concentric Circles”

“Kandinsky’s most recognizable work, is not actually a full-fledged picture. This drawing is a small study on how different colour combinations are perceived that the painter used in his creative process as a support material.For Kandinsky, colour meant more than just a visual component of a picture. Colour is its soul. In his books, he described his own perspective on how colours interacted with each other and with the spectator in detail and very poetically. Moreover, Kandinsky was a synaesthete, i.e. he could ‘hear colours’ and ‘see sounds.’So, this is probably righteous that after a century, it is not one of his compositions – which he himself considered as his main achievements – but this small drawing that has become one of Kandinsky’s most popular works.”

Van Gogh works “Sunflowers,” and “Poppies.”

Van Gogh “Born in Holland in 1853, van Gogh was an emotional visionary with a passion for painting. While some of his most famous works focus on landscapes and self-portraits, many others included blooms, like “Poppies” and “Sunflowers.”I believe that he is another perfect example of an abstract artist.

In contrast, Georgia O’Keeffe is my favorite modern realistic artist. She is famous for her oversized paintings of flowers. Her style might be conspired part of “Photorealism.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

“Poppy,” by Georgia O’Keeffe

“Georgia Totto O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist. She was known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the “Mother of American modernism.” Wikipedia

Who is your favorite artist? Please take a moment to share about him/her in the comments. Thank you for sharing.

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