Watercolor Roses – Vintage Twist

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rose pattern painting in interior

This sweet vintage style rose collection has contemporary feeling to it as I painted those roses in realistic style yet combined them together in a decorative clusters as some old tea party china or a dining-wear used to be created.

Cheers from 
ūüôā

Botanical Impressionism

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watercolor flowers
I am posting some of the festive designs that I recently painted.

I call this style Botanical Impressionism.
Created in the fast manner with the colors right out of the tube simple flower arrangement such the one with Iris Flowers and The Tulip Bunch look great in cooler colors surrounding.

On another hand, warm Poppies and Roses Bouquet are calling for¬†neutral¬†beige colors helping these flowers to “pop-up”:

Watercolor floral designs
The above paintings appear more as botanical art when framed in the vintage style white wooden frames. 
Yet, when printed on a stretch canvas, they start obtaining more Impressionistic qualities. 
Good examples would be these 
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watercolor florals

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The Light Through The Roses

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watercolor still life
In this semi realistic and impressionistic still life painting I wanted to point out the contrast of the light and dark. The sun rays are moving from the window directly to the rose bouquet penetrating the rose petals and leaving a bunch of whimsical shadows and reflections on the antique table.

Pink Rose Buds

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blossom
This little pink Lady named Rose was blooming in my garden a couple of month ago.. The morning Sun just hit the petals, and the background was still dark from the shadow of the fence. 

The challenge in this Pink Rose painting was that I wanted to leave the geranium on the background but keep it very vague, not popping-up so to speak. Instead, I wanted to make my Pink Rose shine. Any professional artist will tell you that if you want to have something on the back ground make it cooler than the front; and, vise versa: make the foreground warm to pop-up. 

In this painting of the Pink (almost purple) rose everything is opposite to the usual rules: the rose color is cooler than the background colors. 

How did I achieve the contrast? I’ve loaded my brush with very juicy red. After masking the rose drawing, I’ve applied wet on wet technique, in several layers, until I was satisfied with the deepness of the red geranium. Then, I’ve painted the rose in a very light washes, ending the session with almost dry-on-dry application.
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Original artwork Pink Rose Bloom is 10″x8″ on Fabriano Extra White 140lb painted with Winsor&Newton Watercolor¬†

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French Roses – Step-by-Step Still Life

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Well maybe Roses were not French “per se” but they were sitting in the French room called Paris in a beautiful cozy hotel Inn At Depot Hill in Capitola, California. ¬†My friend and I were staying there a couple weeks ago when visiting Capitola Art Festival. I started painting these roses life in the room, then took photo and finished the painting at home. And of course I started painting with the main subject, the roses, and the brass vase.¬†
Here are a few Step-by-Step pictures of the process:
The first under-wash for roses was yellow, but later on I was going to cool down with pink and violet. The bass vase came along pretty nice and the old granite table complemented the metal vase.

Background for the roses was a black tile. It helped me to achieve a great contrast to “push” the roses forward. A soft, future French walls, was a mix of Burnt Siena and Umber.

Roses needed a few good layers to bring the complex multi petal flower to life.

Layer after layer I was creating one petal after another. Good music on the back ground helped me to say focused and give my full attention to the roses, the models of the day.

At this stage the roses and the leaves are almost completed, just a few stokes needed to make the flowers pop-up and clean the pencil drawing with eraser.

Here the tiles of the fireplace started coming to life.And a vague reflection of the roses in the vase brought some depth  to the background.

And here The French are coming! The pattern of the tapestry style walls reflected roses, trees, birds, pastoral scenes.. Ah Mon Chéri the girl on a wall was saying to her party..

When I was a kid, my sister and I were painting walls in tiny little Summer house in Saint Petersburg suburbs. Our Grandma gave us full spectrum of paint and allowed us to use our imagination. Would she ever know that 30 some years later I will paint a French wall on my Rose Still life watercolor :0)
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Original Artwork
French Roses is 16″x12″ on 300 lb Arches Cold Pressed Paper
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And here I was just playing to see how wonderfully it would look on a greeting card, isn’t it..

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There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Needed Some Colors

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After a Black & White commission that I am going to post after tomorrow I needed some really bright splashes of colors. And I needed to make it loose. No details! No background! Attention is on the subject matter. The vase is my favorite. It looks so great together with yellow and red of roses. And I’ve used absolutely unusual paper for watercolor this time. My son finished his drawing class and brought left over (pretty much not used) pad of Series 400 Stathmore Bristol.. Quite interesting experience to paint on it: makes you think about Impressionists and their fast techniques. Next time I’ll try very wet-on-wet using this paper. It is exciting to try different materials.

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20″x16″ Watercolor on Bristol 400 Series Strathmore Paper

In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

Tea Time Roses

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I had to paint these beautiful roses! They brought so much joy and made a great still life couple years ago on the nice sunny day. Long time ago I would be terrified to paint gold edges on the porcelain vase. But it is really not that difficult. It’s like painting the glass, pretty much you paint every thing what is outside and around; and, just leave a few hints. The same’s here: gold stripe got all the reflections and just a slight yellow patina to give the visual effect of the gold finish… I had so much fun to paint this piece. That’s what just three little roses can do to the person. Not much is needed to make the Artist happy ūüôā

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8″x10″ Winsor & Newton Watercolors on 140 lb Cold Pressed