Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

English Wild Roses

Wild English Roses.
6x8 in oil on canvas $130. SOLD

Artist Note.

The wild rose has been painted 
by some famous artists.
Renoir  (1841 - 1914)
placed them on a hat.


Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
painted the one below.
He was as taken with the pattern
of the leaves as much as the flowers.

John La Farge  (1835 - 1910)
painted the next one.

It is a Study Of Sunlight
The waterlily is pretty fabulous too!

Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954)
painted many 
florals that I love.
Pretend there is a wild rose in 
the still life above.

The next artist died three years
before Matisse was born.

The English painter
William Henry Hunt (1790 - 1864)
Wild Roses and Birds Nest
I had a print of this one in my
bedroom when I was young.
Maybe that is why I love birds nests?

John William Waterhouse
(1849 - 1917)
included wild roses in the
and they are a beautiful
secondary interest.

No roses, but
the painting Waterhouse
did inspired by
Tennyson's poem
The Lady of Shalott
is mind blowing.
I have stood in front of this
huge painting
in speechless awe.
(treat yourself and click on link)

All of these artists painted the
wild rose in a totally different way.
I embrace them all.


  1. When you really enjoy a certain subject it's always a treat to see it rendered in different ways. Endless possibilities.

    The Waterhouse painting is a stunner isn't it? I had to look twice to locate the crucifix-I missed it entirely the first time round.

    Your roses are beautiful too. Your brushwork/fracturing technique certainly lends the absolute right touch to bring out the idea of how a rose bush can ramble. They are ordered while looking disordered!

    Great post! Thank you:)

    1. Thanks Libby. Glad to hear you visited lady of Shalott. Amazing painting.
      I really enjoyed the link you provided to Matisse's Cut Out period I lost a of lot of time on that and it was worth every second! You new blog format looks clean and inviting.

  2. Your painting captures the spirit of wild roses. Light and lovely. It shows how well you know your subject! Of the artists you shared, Matisse is my man!

    1. I understand your liking the Matisse one. There is a contemporary feel we are comfortable with. But he died in the 1950's so he really is part of my life and the others were long gone.
      I know I saw a painting you did but I cannot find it on my link from your google plus. It had the dark flowers.

  3. Wow Julie, had to look twice at Wm. Henry Hunt's "Wild Roses and Birds Nest". It looked like one of your paintings! Are you in good company or what? Smiles.

    1. I wish I could paint as detailed as HUNT did but I know it must have had an influence on my love of nests. I cannot remember looking at the rest of the painting, but sure remember the nest.
      Even though it was long forgotten when I painted my very first nest about 40 years later, it was tipped up on its side like that! It subconsciously came through.
      How is Bonnie and are you painting?

  4. We have some of these wild roses in our yard---you totally caught their delicacy. Thanks for the art history lesson too :)

    1. Lucky you having roses. Mine are gift from friends - seeing we have a cactus, oleanders, sage and rocks in our yard. Do have a great bird feeding area though.
      Great seeing your new post - Yea, Celeste is back!

  5. Julie, this is lovely! And I love the way you showed us other paintings of the wild rose too. Great post.

    1. And I thank you for the photos of beautiful birds on your blog. made me very happy!

  6. Your sensitive soul gives vibrant art paintings such your wild roses, opening yet our minds to observe art, to become more sensitive, following you, at so many subtleties. Thank you,dear Julie

    1. Hello sweet Rita - thank you for the lovely comment. Always special. I admire the beautiful differences you are capable of with your magic watercolor brush. Your new one is so lyrical in comparison to the powerful abstracted floral.

  7. What fun, Julie, to see the same lovely flower painted in different ways by different artists. I must tell you, lady, that your version belongs with these esteemed artists! You've rendered them beautifully! How wonderful it would be to have a garden of these beauties!

    1. Are you similar to my environment...water saving yards? My friends bring in all the flowers but I know I prefer to paint than to garden. I have flower pots of annuals for a spot of color and do water them so they do not die. I have a flower guilt conscience!

  8. our first flat had a huge row of these, over 4 feet tall and probably 6 feet long, probably original to the building lol very pretty but did block out a lot of light

    The Lady of Shalott is def one hug work, havent seen it in person and going down to London prob wont happen. Would be great if it came up here lol

    1. They bloom a couple of times a year don't they? I remember we used to walk down a lane in the Meadows and they were high on both sides mixed in with other bushes. English rain produces the most beautiful hedgerows.

  9. Love your rendition and it looks like you channel Hunter. I'm sure that's why you love birds nest. So interesting the things that inspires us as children.

    1. I never realized until many, many years later how it would influence my love of nests. I can remember being only about 4 or 5 and lying looking at it and the way the twigs were painted. I used to climb a tree with a nest in it and would sit admiring it - the breeze moving the leaves around it. i see it as real in my mind as if it were yesterday. Yes - our early influences can come through in unexpected ways.
      I enjoyed reading your post about weight loss. Some good ideas. I gained a few last month due to inactivity.

  10. Your wild roses are certainly in good company - and I adore them. You have such a special touch, Julie - I would know they were YOUR wild roses anywhere!

    1. I am so pleased you can tell they were mine. Having a recognizable style was a goal.
      I am so excited about your trip. Lucky you going to Amsterdam.
      I painted the Magere Brug when I was on a field trip with the art school. Wait until you see van Gogh.s museum! have a marvelous trip.

  11. Fabulously thought out post Julie. The Lady of Shallot is indeed impressive. I visit often as the Pre-Raphaelites are up there in joint favour with the Impressionists. Your lovely roses sit well with the rest of the paintings. Beautiful.

    1. A lot of artists over here have not been able to get their noses right up the better quality Pre-Raphaelites work and have no idea what a treat it can be, Manchester City Galleries had an enormous collection so I was raised with seeing them.
      I enjoyed your terrific post about sketching in London. it was a treat.

  12. I love reading your posts Julie...these English wild roses are beautifully painted.. The colors and texture always amaze me!!!!

    1. Thank you, my good art friend. Lovely comment and you made me feel good. Looking forward to your next painting.

  13. Your roses are exquisite -- so soft and blowsy! And I think Waterhouse is truly fabulous. Your blog is a daily delight, and I never know what to expect next!

  14. Lovely pics and interesting post! Matisse is one of my favorite painter of all times. Your roses are a delight to look at Julie, sweet and gay! :)


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