Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Beginning Halfway...

"Pink Rose"
4" x 5.25" Original Watercolor
2011© Gretchen Bjornson
 I just had to paint another rose.  This time I wanted to paint a deep, dark red, velvety rose.  Well what do you know, I ended up with a pinkish rose!  My reference photo was actually a yellow rose.  At one point I was so focused on the photo I started adding greens to the darker values in the petals.....big mistake.  After correcting those areas with some Winsor Violet, I stepped back from the painting to evaluate my darks and lights.  I love the color combination of greens and pinks and I'm fairly satisfied with the results.

This marks the beginning of the second half of my painting challenge and I'm very glad I took on the challenge.  The rewards truly are great.  Thanks for sticking with me during the challenge so far!


  1. Gretchen, this is so nice, colors are wonderful, I am glad that you are enjoying the challenge, and feel rewarded, your flower series has been so amazing, each one better than the last.

  2. Wow, great rose! Good luck with the second half of your challenge!

  3. This rose turned out to be just gorgeous! :-)

  4. Gretchen, it is coming out beautifully. Did you know you can use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser "original" to remove unwanted watercolor and repaint? It works beautifully. Just dampen a small piece and rub gently and voila' old paint gone, new white spot ready to repaint. Just a helpful hint I thought you might not be aware of.

  5. What delicacy, a magnificent Rose!


  6. Thanks Maria....I think painting daily has helped me tremendously with technique. All thanks to you for the idea!

    Thanks Judy and Crystal!

    Carol, what a great tip. Of course I couldn't find a single one around the house when I really needed it. I will definitely buy one and try it out!

    Thank you Franz!



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