|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!