Masquerade Roses, against the light in watercolour
Masquerade Roses contre jour, watercolour and coloured pencil sketch in 7x7 inch S&B sketchbook
This was a challenge to myeself to do some blowsy roses, strongly backlit by the bright day outside, creating deep shadows on leaves and window frame (which I simplified to abstract geometric shapes). Flowers aren't something I do very often. They are climbing masquerade roses that I remember buying for £1.60 as a sickly little plant a few years back, that have now spread yards along a fence and flower and flower. They start out yellow and gradually the red creeps in and takes over as the flowers open.
The route I took was to play with the intense shadow, lost edges and brightly backlit elements. Interestingly this week A&I magazine (July issue - in May!) was about painting light, featuring a series of different painters. One, Edward Seago whose main interest was the depiction of light, said that there were 2 ways of tackling bright light:
- to darken the whole painting, dramatising the lights
- to make the whole painting higher key
In the same magazine, Ken Howard in different words, says something very similar and of course models backlit by large windows are a key subject for him.
It turned out a bit tighter than I would have liked but it was a good learning excercise. Practice practice practice ..............