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01-30-2013, 05:10 AM
Did these two for a challenge over at WC , I eyeballed 2 references and somehow the petals are a litlle rearranged :D


D Akey
01-30-2013, 05:21 AM
I must say that I love them both, but second one really sings to me probably because of the clarity of form which I personally like in my own paintings. On that level it's perfect!

Love the composition, the detail, the angle and the attention to the character of the bits you put in, like the edges of the leaves. And those petals are out of this world. The form really reads with depth and clarity. I'm impressed! Brava!!!!!

The first one is also beautiful and very feminine. But there's isn't as much volume description, but there is another quality that sort of transcends that consideration when I get in and explore it.

Very fine work all around!

01-30-2013, 05:52 AM
You've succeeded in conveying a feeling of tender petals and I can even see translucency spat their ends...can be very difficult to do! Lovely.

01-30-2013, 06:36 AM
jean, I think D Akey is right to emphasize the forms, and I want to put in a word for the color :), actually, something Ruskin wrote: "The gradations of colour exhibit form, and therefore only a great colourist can ever draw forms perfectly" ...

Ruskin's Elements of Drawing, first published in 1856, always worth reading:)

01-30-2013, 08:02 AM
Thanks DA,I always appreciate your input . I thought the second rose was a really beautiful image and perhaps that came through ? the first did not hit me with as much feeling :D

Lindae, thanks for your lovely comment :)

Pete, thanks for your comments also and I have marked down Ruskins name to see what I can find :D

D Akey
01-30-2013, 11:00 AM
Pete, thanks for your comments also and I have marked down Ruskins name to see what I can find :D

I also looked it up. Here's a free download. Click on the bit at the left and download your choice from several formats. I downloaded the pdf file. Apparently there are 2 books by him there -- one on drawing and one on perspective. Both books are in one file:


01-30-2013, 11:16 AM
Thanks DA but I already bought a copy, I hate reading on my ereader or my IPad I like to hold a book while I'm reading, to many years of reading hand held books I guess :D

01-30-2013, 11:25 AM
D Akey, archive.org is one of my favorite sources, but I'm weird like that :-) jean, I hope you won't be disappointed, it was written for a different time and place, but the elements of drawing don't change all that much, and I find Ruskin easy to read ... He was the 19th c. art critic who did the most to promote JMW Turner's romantic paintings, it was hard work to convince the public that such radical painting one day would become the norm:)

ps in the Dover edition, the phrase I quoted can be found in section III: On Colour, in a footnote on p157

01-30-2013, 12:22 PM
Jean, these are very beautiful, like both of them

01-30-2013, 12:55 PM
Theses are lovely Jean, great colours you used.

Marilyn Anne
01-30-2013, 04:27 PM
They are both marvelous! Lovely petals. Lovely colors.

01-30-2013, 06:33 PM
Both are beautiful, and number two especially so!. :D

01-30-2013, 09:02 PM
Beautiful roses...love em !!

01-30-2013, 09:33 PM
You attained perfection with these roses!

01-30-2013, 11:57 PM
I love them! :D Especially the second one. Brava!!

01-31-2013, 02:26 AM
Thanks Pat, Geoff, Marilyn Anne, copespeak, Steve, Caesar and Silvy for peeking in and commenting it's much appreciated :D

01-31-2013, 12:11 PM
Jean, these are so lovely. You've captured the beautiful texture and I can almost smell them....awesome painting dear lady.

02-01-2013, 02:52 AM
Beautiful, perfect rose, well done Jean:)

02-01-2013, 10:25 AM
Sandy and Katie, thanks for your warm comments :)

02-01-2013, 11:16 AM
just jean... such exquisite works, love the colors and skill in painting them... wonderful work !.