Thursday, September 07, 2006

Survivor rose


"How to paint flowers in watercolors" is not a favourite book title in my world - I´m not really into this botanical thing. Sure, flowers are great, I like having them around, I just don´t draw them very often.

Now, this rose is another story. It grows right outside the door of our apartment building. We are in the midst of a big renovation (yes, I know I mentioned it like a hundred years ago and they´re still working on it) and our apartment is finished but outside still looks like a dump.

In the middle of all that junk and dust and noise and ugliness, just to the left when you exit our building, there´s a tiny part of a flower bed that survived excavators and cranes and ladders and rough boots. And right there, a few inches from the door, is this grand yellow rose. It´s been shining there for quite some time now, it even survived the roe deers that tend to come around early mornings to eat rosebuds.

It got to me. How could I not sit down in front of this fighter and draw it?

18 comments:

Karen said...

A lovely rose, Nina.
I really like how you've caught the transparency of the petals. Beautiful.

linfrye said...

And a FANTASTIC painting you did! Florals may not be your ordinary subject, but your rendering is certainly EXTRAORDINARY and what a testiment to this flower!

Mary Ellen said...

Wowser. :) That's a really terrific job. I love the vibrant colours you chose ... really makes the drawing something fresh and different.
Great stuff!
Cheers!
Mary Ellen

Virginia Hanley said...

It's an inspiration, Nina--not just the rose itself, but also your painting of it. Thanks.

Jana Bouc said...

This came out beautifully. You really captured the light on the rose so well. I also really like the way you made the leaves blueish and faded them out the further back they went (or made them look further back by fading them out).

Shirley said...

Beautiful. I've been watching a beautiful bouquet of roses open this week and can't imagine how to sketch all of the petals.

SCquiltaddict said...

Gorgeous rose and a fantastic watercolor....exquisite...

Terry Banderas said...

This is an excellent painting. You have a great talent.

Cynthia Padilla said...

Trust me....a rose is one of the most difficult botanicals to capture. You did a great job!!!!

Cynthia,
Botanical Art. Forum dedicated to the realistic portrayal of plants, flowers and natural science subjects. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/botanicalart

Janet said...

You're so talented! I can't imagine painting a rose better than this with watercolor.

ParisBreakfasts said...

Lovely rose..and I like the blue splat on it :)

ParisBreakfasts said...

I'd love to know the sizes on these...I've just started doing that and sometimes I get lazy and don't bother but I think it is a good thing to do-gives a sense of scale..lovely paintings

Linda said...

This is REALLY beautiful!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

This is lovely! You've done a wonderful job. I, too, would like to know the size.

Nina Johansson said...

For those who want to know the size of this painting (and to whom I don´t have an email-address) it´s painted on a page in the large Moleskine Watercolor. Don´t know the exact measures there, but you probably know just about how big a Moleskine is. I hope...

Renate said...

Lovely painting. And a great story, too.

Toni said...

I love your bold colors and your representation without getting muddy and into detail. This is a very striking painting.

littlemithi said...

Even more than the wonderful rose, I like the brown leaf just above it. Sometimes the object of your drawing can be the most amazing inspiration.