Rose Study #5
8x6 oil on canvas board 100.
Painting white roses is all about the values of the shadow areas. My brain tells me white is very light but the principle of white in the shadow being very close to the same value as black in the light, really does remind me what to look for. For some reason this can be very hard to grasp. In my case I would toss a white and black cube on the ground in front of me when I went plein air painting so I could see how light black went in the light and how dark white became in the shade. Then lo and behold, Miss Perseverance here, finally 'got it.'
Someone asked me what I meant by 'juicy paint.' in Rose Study #3.
It is when the paint consistency is creamy not stiff or runny. The brush becomes a little shovel to scoop it up and then it is laid on the canvas with a nice loose and sometimes, swift motion. This places enough paint on the canvas to be manipulated for soft edges or blend a value with a little zigzag motion.