New Artwork: “Roses in a Crystal Vase”
“Roses in a Crystal Vase” oil on linen, 36″ x 36″ $5500.
About the painting:
I painted this original artwork, “Roses in a Crystal Vase” on linen and mounted it on a 36″ x 36″ gallery support, 1.75″ in depth. First of all, Cadmium Red & Yellow Deep, a gorgeous Red Violet and Quinacridone Rose were incorporated with my basic palette. In addition I applied the pigments using a slightly abstract, rather than realistic, technique. This was because I think abstracted artwork leaves plenty to the imagination.
Especially relevant, my objective:
… was to create a soft but dramatic image. Therefore, I positioned the bouquet in a window. Here, light would filter through the petals, define edges and reflect the blueness of the natural daylight. A wide band of ultramarine (tint with titanium white) articulated the windowsill. Furthermore, dabs of the hue layered and scumbled throughout the canvas created a sense of reflected light.
While first underpainting with yellow ochre, I created a base upon which violet, red, rose and ultramarine hues could be layer to a subtle incandescence. Cadmium yellow (deep hue) was generously swept through shapes. Also, the brilliant colour created the illusion of sunlight as well as greens when layered over the ultramarine. Another point, I mixed some pigments on the palette and others on the canvas while working wet in wet because I like variety. Otherwise, I’d probably get board. My background became softer as I laid in white paint over juicy bits of mid-tone underpainting. As a result the bouquet appeared to move forward.
I diffused edges or masked where necessary with a translucent veil in order to direct the eye toward focal points in the artwork. Consequently an implied movement was created within the boarders of the artwork. This movement was intended to guide the eye gently through the artwork like consecutive pages in a book lead through a story. In conclusion I found the process was delightful, consequently as a painter and from a personal perspective. If you enjoy the results or have any questions, please write to me at: