Rose Centre in Watercolour
Original Study by Jean Haines
Following on from yesterdays introduction to painting roses in my technique and loose style I have started my studio session today with a simple wash of a rose centre on a scrap of paper.
Each morning before I start on my main pieces I usually paint up to six small studies of a chosen subject. I was once told by an amazing master that it is only when you can capture the subject without being restricted by what is actually there that you can truly paint. Opening your mind to creating from your artist spirit within is a fantastic feeling.
I have thought about the rose centres in yesterdays post entry and worked from there. I am not racing to paint a whole flower or composition. I am simply enjoying what happens when I place pigment on damp paper allowing it to radiate from the main focal point which is the centre of a single rose in this study.
Of course I can work further and add leaves if I wish but isn't this beautiful just as it is? It leaves the viewer begging for more. It leads the imagination to asking for leaves to be added, for more defintion of the petals along with a positive definite outer shape to ease the eye into seeing the rose as a whole.
But just by asking these questions we are admitting we are really looking at this painting.We are mentally working out what is missing and what works without it. We are thinking and yet with so little information we all know it is a rose.
I will enjoy it as it is for some time before I even consider the next stages if there are to be any.
That is the magic of watercolour and working in a loose style!