Painting 30 Roses

I hope you like roses.

Mid the Roses

Mid the Roses

I spent mid June through mid July painting roses. I had in mind a looser simpler style like the flowers I had been painting recently and I also looked at other artists roses that I liked especially Martha Collins .

I must have done at least 30 roses in a period of a month. Everyday it was roses and more roses. When I first started painting watercolor and wanted to paint vegetables and food I spent at least that much time for hours each day painting peppers until I got it.

Along the way

I painted roses every day

Dennis andI decided after looking them all over that the two pink roses above were really nice. They got moved from the reject pile to usable.  Different than what I wanted to get, but nice enough to use.

And more roses

I was about to give up a number of times but that determination that helped me learn to watercolor in the first place kept me going. Those 30 roses it turns out were both practice and learning what I did and didn’t want to do. It became clear to me when I was beginning to overdo it and I would stop right there and start again.

I started to breathe again

These were beginning to look like the roses I had imagined

And relax

And these also

Time to celebrate

Time to celebrate-I did it!

By the time I painted the final roses (see above) it was delicious and went smoothly and simply. Though I was finished with the actual watercoloring I was by no means done. I scanned the roses and then compared the scan to my originals watercolors. Where   needed I heightened some of the darks and brightened the yellows then rescanned. At this stage it is a good idea to change the mode toCMYK since this is the mode used in actually printing the design by the manufacturer. When you change from RGB to CMYK the colors dull down a bit.

 Time to get together with Dennis and create the designs. We have a true partnership in many ways. He is such a wonderful designer with an eye for the beautiful and simple. I rely on him at this stage of the creative process as well as earlier at the painting stage. I am the kind of artist who needs feedback. I am always popping into his work space to say,”Whatta ya think? Is it working?”

Next……….Dennis and I sillouhetted the roses. Then I looked at them again on the computer screen and decided that more enhancement was still called for. This I did in photoshop using hard and soft brushes and the clone tool and the burn and dodge tool. These are great tools for any artist. And now we were ready to use the roses in a design.

Give a Rose Win a Heart

Give a Rose
Win a Heart

Friends are the Roses in my garden

Friends are the Roses
in my garden

Took a while to come up with the inspirational sayings. I didn’t want anything too sappy. That wouldn’t be me. But sentimental. Yes I am.

I thought about painting more roses, but think I I am ready for a break.

Stay tuned.


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15 responses to “Painting 30 Roses

  1. Pat Lunenfeld

    So pretty and perfect for the sayings… All that tedious work really paid off!!!

  2. Gina Haining

    Hi Andrea,
    I love your blog! Do you then send these to greeting card manufacturers?
    I am new to this and am learning from your blog. So you save all your work as CMYK? What dpi and file size? Thanks, Gina

  3. Hi Gina,
    Thanks so much for loving and reading.
    We will send these designs out to a number of manufacturers. Giftware companies for wall plaques and pillows; Greeting card companies. We will be re formating the designs for other usages so stay tuned.

    Save High res CMYK files as 300 or 400 dpi photoshop documents.
    If there are topics you would like to see covered please submit them.

    If you are not already a follower of the blog please do become one.

  4. Love, love, love! Beautiful roses and quote Andrea!

  5. Lovely post, Andrea! It’s fun to see your working process and the evolution of the design. I’m a big fan of roses, and I bet yours will be a hit.

    🙂 Joana

    • Thanks Joana. Obviously I love roses too. but there was a point when I was painting the 20th rose that I began to thing that I hated roses and why was I doing this.
      of course that all changed when I got to these final roses.

  6. I love this photo of you and the roses! You look happy!!!!

  7. Romantic and Lovely – Soothing to the soul Andrea!

  8. Terry Duenzl

    Your roses are lovely and I especially liked your commentary on developing tham.

  9. You did it, Andrea. The results speak for themselves. I’ve taken up tulips, but am not there yet. It’s finding that combination of looseness and accuracy that’s eluding me. A wonderful challenge.

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