A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

There’s something about roses that appeals to me when painting and I’m exploring different brush heads to see what style feels more natural to me. They may be realistic or completely interpretive. With harsh strokes or soft touches. With well-defined petals or abstract marks…there are so many ways to paint them. But at the end of the day, a rose is a rose is a rose.

As I’m setting up my craft room, I’m finding long-forgotten supplies. These Winsor and Newton paints are at least 15 years old, if not more. Most of them had dried up and had solidified inside the tube but I did find some that still work.

I also absolutely loved using my newly-acquired moon palette from Sarah Diane, an amazing ceramic artist. I don’t know how to explain it, but there’s something about using this palette that makes me want to paint more…mix the paints, lose myself in creating new colors, adding copious amounts of paper to get just the right blends. And I guess, that’s the secret of painting better…practising more!

Here is the process video for this painting. It’s basically the same process I used to paint the blue rose, which I shared a couple of weeks ago. Started out with a bunch of flowers filling up the whole page and then accentuating one flower. I loved using a size 6 round brush for this painting…and I’ll be exploring it more to see what other shapes I can create with it.

You’ll see that I used a lot of water and in places where the paint became too intense I used a thirsty brush to pick up excess color (the areas that appear white), giving the flower some highlights. It also added some depth and movement to my interpretive rose.

What do you think of this painting? Do you like all the hidden layers? Also, any feedback on the videos? Is there anything I could improve or do more of? Let me know in the comments.

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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