Wednesday, September 11, 2013

'Country Rose' Watercolour Completed

Country Rose - watercolour
Seeing this small painting in my plein air painting kit last week, I could again experience a sense of the day I spent painting wild roses. Our valley is abundant with them in the spring and their sweet scent perfumes the air.   When I started out in the car that spring day, I didn't have any scene in mind but drove aimlessly around until I found these lovely roses at the side of the road. As it was a quiet side road, I felt fairly certain I would be safe and indeed no one even passed in the hour and a half I had for painting.
It can be easiest to complete a painting at a later date. I think you can judge it better after being away from it for awhile. I finished this piece last week, and although I am not completely happy with the composition, being mostly weighted to one side, I am very happy with the looseness of the painting style. For those of you who like to paint outside, get out there, even a short time is worth it. I am saying this as much to myself as anyone else!

4 comments:

Monika Kinner-Whalen said...

I just noticed your blog via Holly's blogroll. I love your watercolors! I don't know how you women do it. : ) Glad I found your blog!

Monika in Saskatoon

Win Dinn said...

Eileen, this is a lovely painting, and I find the weight on the right side adds impact to the roses - a perhaps unintentional result!

HollyM said...

I don't do a lot of painting outside but just did this week while away at a quilting retreat. My results were slightly different in style than usual, as it was a windy day and the paint was drying as I laid it Dow. I'm used to letting the paint mix on the paper but that wasn't happening.
So, I can see I creed to do more as a learning experience.
Regardless of your perception your painting is still very lovely.

Laura Leeder said...

I quite like it Eileen! I feel I've been here on one of my walks!