This is my painting for the monthly painters challenge. The subject was “something beginning with “R”, which is pretty “random” (groan)
Red Rose was pretty obvious, so I decided to do that. Well, by the time it’s finished there is a red rose – be patient!
To start with, this painting is a grisaille – which means it’s monotone until you glaze colour over it. I did it this way because lately I’ve been painting alla prima and wanted to do something different.
Step one, the composition, I forgot to take a photo of. I never think to take photos until I’m half way though. Never mind. (clicking the pictures will open a larger version in a new window)
About this time I realised I should have been doing this on a very smooth board, not a canvas panel, but too late to start again now.
I had to let that dry a few days so that I could go over the whites, which were starting to blend in too much.
The “finished” monotone.
Then I had to let it dry completely – 10 days – before I could touch it again. Just as well I started early in the month!
At this point I have two focal points – the “rose” and the girls face. This could be a problem. But my thinking is that this will change once I add colour.
It actually took about 5 glazes, leaving a day or two in between. But to make a long story short – the final picture. “Rose dreaming” – but is the girl dreaming of the rose, or is the rose dreaming of the girl?
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