09 May 2019

Oil Painters of America 2019 National Exhibition...and Roses in Oil

I'm looking forward to attending my first Oil Painters of America conference in a few days in Saint George, Utah, USA.  My painting "Amanda and Tubby" was juried into the exhibition this year!  Yeah!!!  It's a great opportunity to go meet and mingle and see what the organization is about. 

Amanda and Tubby, 18x24", oil on linen

I am also working on a figurative piece that includes roses in the design.  I've never painted flowers, so got a bunch of pink roses and went to work. Painting something like a flower allows for lots of experimenting with brushwork and values and shape design.  Much more freedom than when painting a face or figure, which requires a very high degree of accuracy.  It was a pleasure not thinking about getting a good likeness with these rose 'portraits'.

Here are a few practice oil sketches. The pink is quinacridone or permanent rose.  The paintings are all 6x6" up to 6x8" on gessoed untempered hardboard.