Vase of Roses

Roses in vase. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 14”x11”

This will be next weeks class/demo. A lot looser than usual for a class and closer to how I would usually work. Fingers crossed!

A couple of intermediates.

Roses and New Paper

Roses. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

A delivery arrived today with some new (to me) paper. This is on Kilimanjaro paper (140lb CP) and I really quite liked it. I seem to remember I tried it years ago and didn’t like it but I’ve obviously got more tolerant in the mean time. I will probably buy again.

The subject was roses today and although the result is just a sketch I’ve finally got back into the swing of things.

Roses Galore

Rose. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

This is the current state of play with the rose paintings. I chose a more subtle range of values for this one and went straight in with paint with no prior drawing. This turned out to be more successful than I first thought. The previous two weeks of drawing roses definitely helped me keep track of the rose construction and where the petals are. It’s been a pretty successful series I think – lots learned at every stage.

Here’s the full set :

Rose Painting – Test 2

Rose. Michele Clamp. Watercolor.

I consider this a failed experiment but I can see there’s some good things in there. I definitely need more experience painting these – I’m far too tentative right now and that’s leading to stiffness.

Photo credit to Daniel Ilea from the Facebook page
Free Reference Images for Artists

We’re still fiddling with video to get the right setup. Here’s a (slightly stripy) time lapse version :

Rose Painting Experiment – Finished and now with Video!


My lovely husband set up the fancy microphone and camera to test out video today. Some people in my class like to see demos but I don’t want to take up too much of their time with me painting. So we thought about videoing me at home and I can then give them the links. Very much a work in progress but I was pretty happy with how this one turned out. We’ll keep going and work out the wrinkles as we go.

And I managed not to ruin the painting too. A good days work.