Pink Rose in oil and a WIP of the Rose “Elfe” (Fairy Rose)

In my previous post I mentioned that I was working on a pink Rose in oil. Today I finished this painting. It needed longer then  I thought, because I really needed to get a feeling for the oil colours again. But with each brushstroke I was getting more confidence.

Large Pink Rose oil painting - original art - flower painting by Doris Joa

Pink Rose, medium: oil, size: 16×16 inch (40×40 cm)
Price: $450 plus $50 shipping (airmail and insurance)

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Currently I am working on another Rose in oil. It is a creamy white Rose. The german name is Rose Elfe, which means in english: Rose Fairy.

Here is a photo of my working process.

White Creamy Rose Elfe - Fairy Rose - oil painting in progress by Doris Joa

As you can see I  covered my white canvas with a lemon yellow underwash in acrylic. I chose acrylic because it dries very fast.

I am right handed and so I started in the left corner. I do not work in layers. It is totally different to my watercolors.  I paint in a direct way using opaque and transparent colours. I apply my colours just where I see them and then blend them together. It also allows me to soften my edges immediately. But this doesn’t mean that I never have to go back to some areas. Often I see things later where I need to add another layer or to darken areas or to lighten then or to change the colours a bit. But it gives you a good suggestion about how I work with oils. I am using only Walnut oil and Walnut Alkyd Medium from M. Graham – no turpentine – nothing else.

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