8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012Roses are a big part of my work, and have been for
years now. Why? Sometimes I paint them for flower
paintings, and sometimes they are in the background
of a portrait. Plus they add a lift to a still life, or interior.
They beautify any room, which is as true of my studio
as it is of the kitchen table. I have painted them in the studio,
and at the kitchen table, to the great consternation of my
family who had to sidestep around my mess until the
painting was finished. But on top of that I just love them,
and particularly love the kind I've drawn for you tonight, which
are Oceana, and smell like real garden roses. This is my first
iPad drawing of the beauties. I was settling into the drawing,
thinking it through, when I realized I could not draw a high
realism drawing of roses on the iPad. Breakthrough! That's
when I added the blue and made myself happy.
I hope that roses are part of your working day too. They
are elegant companions, and lovely to paint or draw. A
kind way to treat them, is to cut them and place them in warm
water with some cut flower powder, then just enjoy them.
Some people can't resist touching them -- but roses really
are a 'please don't touch' flower. As artists we are lucky, because
we can touch them with our eyes.
Have a giving-someone-roses-for-the-workplace day