Thursday 21 June 2012

Stylised Roses

This one's not dated, but I think it was done within a year or two of Fleabane. I think it was painted after I'd attended a workshop on fauvism, a short-lived modern style that emphasised colour, pattern and painterly techniques. Obviously, I didn't borrow very much from that movement in this work, but I did like the idea of the bold black outlines that some of the fauvists used - combined, here, with realistic colours and tonal varation.

The vase is a highly decorated little glass thing; I'm quite happy with the way it turned out here, not least beause it's quite a difficult subject. The roses came from the garden, and I think they complement the vase quite well.

Again, the support was cartridge paper stretched on a board, painted black (with acrylic) and then left to dry (it woudn't have taken long) before I began began the painting proper. I used brushes throughout.

Acrylic on paper.

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