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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rose Study #2

Rose Study #2

8x6in  oil on canvas board  100.

I have actually done three rose studies today and only this one survived. I found I was gradually going into my comfort zone and not keeping to the principles Qiang (Chong) stressed.
Today I kept forgetting to have only one point of interest (focal point). This area has to have the sharpest edge and value contrast - all other areas have to be subservient to it. My focal area is the larger rose with the lower, inside center petal having the sharpest edge. There are other sharp edges but the value of what colors are placed next to them softens the contrast. On my computer the dark areas around the leaves appear a little darker than what they are in the painting and this is good for me to see. If they were that dark it would mean I would have to soften the edges more, especially the one over the main rose.
Tomorrow the focus will be on brushwork.

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  1. so beautifully painted! love your work.!

  2. Good job, Julie! I like that you explained your process. The light really makes the rose the center of interest.


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