Continued from the front
...White roses have a wide appeal and a wide range of
meanings to people. I start with the essence of the rose.
But I am influenced by Renoir and his use of color in his
portraits. As and example he will often use blues and
violets to make the shadow areas of a face more intense in
relationship to the lit areas which tend to be in warm
I had doubts about the idea until I experiments with his use of cool
colors in shaded areas and found that he was right. The cool
colors, even violets, make the lit areas even warmer.
So...Renoir was right and my roses are better for his
amazing contributions to portrait painting. After studying
Renoir portraits I now consider most of my rose paintings to
be portraits with the guidance of Renoir.
This is a view of a white rose from is what seems to be a universal form. This
shape is found in galactic structures on a astronomical scale.
This form is also seen in large earth structures like
hurricanes, and in small structures like sea shells roses.
This rose has a orange/yellow tone where others have a red or
pink tint. I have learned how to apply very delicate hazes of
tint in a rose such as this. Up close, the individual colors can
be see as delicate dabs of paint and standing further back the
paint is seen as simple color
gradients - but it is more difficult than it looks!
This painting is 36" x 36" oil on canvas
Fade to White
I wanted this rose to be its own universe. The blended
edges make the rose infinite because the edges merge with the
white of the canvas.
All white roses show a little of their heritage by showing some
color in the heart of the rose. This color is best seen by
moving the branch into full sunlight and looking into the center
of the rose. There is always a touch of orange, yellow, or red
in the center hinting at the ancestral colors.
I like to blend extreme realism with the vagueness of the
natural world. I am hoping to simply paint
cloud formations one of these days just for the fun of
connecting the realism of the clouds to the emptiness of water
vapor that they really are. They are defined and undefined at
the same time.
I painted this just after seeing Renoir originals in Chicago. He
had a profound effect on my use of color.
There is a range of pure oranges, yellows, blues, and violets
actually on the canvas. These are not diluted oils - they are
mostly pure pigments applied directly to the canvas.
Applying the paint is a complex and delicate process and easily
destroyed with a single stroke of a brush. But the effects are
well worth the risk.
Honor is the name of this rose. It is one of the
most beautiful white roses in our garden. This painting has a lot of
meaning for a lot of different people.
For me this is about the flowing beauty and fullness in
nature. The description voluptuous seems right for this beauty.
This is one of my favorite paintings. This painting
went quickly and seemed to take on a life of it's own. Some
paintings are more a matter of the painting revealing itself
than paint being added to the canvas - this was just such a
This painting is also more about the essence of a rose more than
botanical view. All of my rose painting are created with the
help of extreme
realism. The realism allows a viewer to move as closely as they
please and still see deeper into the rose - back to the bee's eye view.