Sunday, November 30, 2008

Roses

I seem to be doing more watercolours lately than oils - when I was in Greyton I only took my watercolours with me. The red rose and the bud come from the garden there - I had them in a vase in front of me, sitting on the verandah in the warm Spring mornings, watching the birds and trying my hand at still life flowers. I was quite pleased with the result, but felt they were a little overworked.

On my way home that Sunday, I stopped off at the Houwhoek farm stall and bought a Hanepoot vine for my garden - (I've always wanted a grape vine!) - and th
e rather gruff elderly lady who looks after the nursery saw the painting, loved it, so I gave it to her.

The second painting of the pink roses was done last Monday in our watercolour group - it was a 10 minute exercise and I rather enjoyed stopping when I had to.



10 comments:

Sharon Wright said...

I adore watercolour flowers! Especially impressionistic ones, rather than botanical specimens. Good job!
Thanks for your visit and comment, I appreciate it vry much.

Marian Fortunati said...

Lovely!... It is much easier to travel with watercolors than it is with oils, isn't it?

Wish I could work with them as well as you do.

Carol said...

Beautiful Liz !!! Lucky lady, hope it made her smile!

Sharon Weaver said...

I am a good friend of Marian's and I guess that is how you made it to my website. You have done well with your blog and it so fun to meet people from all the way around the world. Keep painting.

Dianne McNaughton said...

Lovely, Liz! Flowers can be expressed so delicately with watercolour.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you to all for your lovely comments. Yes Marian, it is sooo much easier to travel with watercolours, but I still battle with plein air stuff - I just can't seem to settle and get comfortable wherever I am - maybe a shopping spree in London is called for!

And yes, the gruff old lady did smile!

Suzanne McDermott said...

Roses are SO easy to overwork. There is so much to them.... the velvety texture, the translucence and opacity, the deceptive and subtle shifts of value and so forth. Both of these watercolors are lovely in their own right. And there's a lot to be said for having a strict time limit!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Suzanne - I'm still in the learning phase and the time limit was a new lesson for me.

laura said...

I love these watercolors--so full of light and color, and a fair amount of restraint too! the contrast between the deep red roses and the barely-painted vase in the top one is so lovely!

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Laura, that really is a compliment coming from a watercolourist like you. Thank you.