Friday, February 19, 2010

How To Paint a Rose -2

After we have sort of satisfied in loading the brush...chosen the colors..we can start to practise on drawing paper..art-block..choose the slightly smoother type as compared to grainy b├žos... the paper quality will affect the painting. Especially when we just start out..we tend to drag the brush or hold it heavily as I called what I do... This will transfer too much paint or dry-up the brush.... Best will be to try on basecoated wood material is my preferences... But here goes..

Here's a couple of roses that we can try to paint step by step. If observe closely..what differs will just be the stroke applied and petals positions and quantity. As a beginner... starts with the least numper of petals...learn the stroke ( how to make the stroke right)...its position and also if the colors look right to what you want....

Another easier try outs are these roses by Priscilla Hauser. Altough the full rose requires more know how but with these two worksheets found in her book we can easily start with something.

Methods by Priscilla Hauser





















This page shows how you can positioned your strokes/petals in making up the rose.
Methods by Brenda Jansen
Happy painting!! I believe these different methods look softer than Donna Dewberry's. But.. in wanting to know when & how to use shading & highlights trying out DD One Stroke is much easier. Then..take an adventure and find out different ways you can paint your rose. I put up the steps by steps infront of my painting area..I also put up the pictures of roses I would like my rose paintings to look like...

This is free pattern frm Ros Singleton

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How To Draw A Rose...My Adventure

I have been crazy for these thorny flowers since forever..their fragrances..colors..texture of the petals..many types and names and all that come with it.... So..since abt 6yrs back after accomplishing decoupage.. I have decided that why not try to learn and paint one..Easier said than done..Not as easy as it seems... but they say..it's a learned skill techniques and not really artistic..u..huh...Believing in this..I stride on.. But I have concluded..although you need not be artistic to know how to paint one.. but you do need to have the artistic flair or creativity in making it look realistic and not too pasted or painted.. to know the fall of lights and structure of the flowers..the shadows..the weight of the blooms in bouquets and so on.... As such..I follow all what they say in the books.. I tried short-cuts here and there but...I strongly believe.. you need to have patience.. practise.. tools of the trade readily available and definitely knowledge on how to go about. Honestly...I am still going about it..I guess..I need to stick to just a type of rose or maybe two.. he..he..and learn how to structure the bloom and paint them with the chosen colors.... So dear friends..if you are just starting out...These tips might help you....

1. Learn the painting terms so that you can easily follow the instructions...Next..after learning how to load the brush....knowing how your brush will look like wet..drying up..enough colors or not enough colors..well blended or half here to there... proceed to...

excerpt : Donna Dewberry

excerpt : Tara Leigh

2. Practise and pracise.....not in painting the flowers but the basic strokes..the comma stroke..wiggle comma stroke..the U-stroke..upside down U-stroke..maybe the C stroke..S-Stroke.. Do for every type of strokes nearly 100..200...times or more..keep the practise sheets and look at when you first do it and when you have done say 200..? Takes a long time ya? But it's worth it.. You will be able to see..a nice stroke..an incomplete stroke..

excerpts : Priscilla Hauser

3. Experiment more on the strokes....do a wriggle stroke or an upturned/overturned stroke...

excerpts : Priscilla Hauser

4. More or less satisfied now...sketch a shape of rose..somesay...sketch a cup & saucer type... or just two circles type... For me..I look at where and how many are the required strokes..how to position them...An image of the steps will be good. Choose the type of rose that you would like to paint...Choose the colors that go with it...Standardized the methods..with background..without background base....What type of brush you gonna use...flat brush or angular bruses... Refer to the many artiste..the ones I know were..Priscilla Hauser..Donna Dewberry..Gretchen Cagle.. Ros Singleton..Ros Stallcup...Jan Fox...Ginger Edwards and locals to Malaysia..Aniza..Zaitun..Nora and Zahir.... Laksmi..Jen... ZuG...to name a few.. These are known teachers.... Love how their work looks like....Am still taking/planning to take lessons from them...

5. Set a time..when you can have the peace or comforts to do it....But finished your strokes first before you embarked on actualy start to paint the rose..Colors choices are important to me too... so that you would love the outcome.. I started mine with a shocking pink and white..urghh.. I don't like its brightness and the jarring mistakes I was doing.... You need to give yourself time.. encouragement and also to analyze your progress.. Doesn't matter if somebody says..oohhh..it's easy..it's easy once you get to know how to do it but..as long as you are still doing them..no matter how bad or how good..give yourself a pat...come a time...suddenly will say..I like your work and the hardtimes suddely left you... But do not savor this too much coz'if you dont practise it will get rusty..coz' remember! This is a learned skill not a natural ability...therefore the ease will only come with practise..emmm..I don't think you can even say that you can do it wit your eyes closed..ha..ha.... Anyway..come a time you will be happy with your work but..if you do not start yourself right..you gonna get stuck with the bad habits I so called it..and these are more difficult to rectify...but it's still possible by blanking your mind out and restart all over again..... So.. I will put up some sampels in a while but I have just got to get the writing out of the way.. Happy trying....

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Change..Maybe..Not really working out...




Tried another steps of painting the roses..but..seems like it comes out the same..Probably got to change to a new hand..yeah...
While doing it feels like the brush drags...that cause the smudges...not sharp edges...thought prbly it's dry..put droplets at the toe....seems better. Got to practise more and more... Now..most times..I will practise on actual surface rather than paper coz'it will give a better feel of holding the rush.. What I can say now..I am painting with a heavy hand..thus I drag and picks up what i put on...also the case of being impatient..got to read the instructions more throughly like..when should wait until its dry..or when can do it while wet...etc..etc.. Above all..is to practise often..no matter which style you follow..you will getinto the habit of a particular way and to improve the skills... To each is their liking thus..everybody will view the paintings differently...So do what you like first but need to know the proper steps and methods...The rest..well..time will tell... Even though I messed them alot but each time I understand the methods better....



Saturday, February 6, 2010

Painting Mess-Up-->Repair-->Tired Out-->Now Thinking...


All part of being careless and multi-task and lazy at the same time....Here what happens...it has a doily lace pattern...than accidentally smeared paint and didn't see it coz' from my elbow..try to slip-slap but everyone says its too dark..finally just repaint it again but I think it's a bit plain..was still hooked on the doily lace images...Out of ideas so..I went and do another project in pink almost complete while busy repairing at the same time... BTW..all patterns is exclusively mine and so is the color combination coz' I put it together from toughts..and just pick up the paints as I went along and THUS...the mess easily happens.... Now rethinking on the layout for where I do my painting 2-3x a week only....