Rose Still Life Color Study

Still working with Paul Foxton’s latest still life workshop. This week was the rose still life color study. It’s not the whole composition but contains the main elements. I went a bit beyond where I intended today as this was just meant to be a color block in. It was a pretty intense session nonetheless. We accurately mixed all the main colors and some were pretty tricky.

Rose Still-Life Color Study – Munsell to the Rescue

I have the big Munsell color book. This contains about 1600 different paint chips covering most of the colors possible in paint. It’s been invaluable in making me more aware of color. Especially how to mix it both for oil painting and watercolor. I hadn’t realized how bad my color perception and mixing skills were before I started using it. If you want to know more about Munsell see this post. It also includes information on the online ChromaMagic tool which helps you see color more accurately.

After mixing everything for the rose still life color study putting the paint on the canvas went pretty quickly. We weren’t meant to put in petals – bad Michele! However, I wanted to see how it would look and how hard it was going to be to get the pink rose to read well. I had to do a lot of single touch strokes with no blending. This was to get the color changes between the edges of the petals and the higher chroma inner parts. I’m very glad I did this – the full thing doesn’t seem so daunting any more.

Sometimes Cheap Surfaces Aren’t the Best Option

The surface was just a cheapo cardboard canvas panel. These are surprisingly good to work on and only cost around $1 a time. As it came out so well I almost wish I’d done it on something more substantial.

The whole session was a long one – around three hours I think. It’s a long time as you’re focusing intently for the full extent . At the end I was glad to put the brushes down at the end. Paul did give us a couple of tea breaks though 🙂

Kathy Speranza Roses – Online Course

Kathy Speranza roses are spectacular and I was watching her online rose course yesterday and thought I’d have a go. She makes it look so easy! And boy can she paint. I’ve done a number of flower paintings with Paul Foxton but it’s always good to see how others approach things.

Pass 1 on Kathy Speranza Roses

Kathy Speranza Rose Workshop – First Pass

Above is the result of the first pass. It’s oil on a 9″x12″ canvas board. I have to admit that I’m not doing her exact method. She does an underpainting first and a number of preliminary drawings but I thought I’d have a go at the block in to see what happened. Pretty happy so far.

Pass 2 – Refining the Color and Form

Kathy Speranza Rose Painting Class - Pass 2
Kathy Speranza Rose Painting Class – Pass 2

Pass 2 on the Kathy Speranza rose workshop. This is lesson 6 and the second pass putting on color. I’m finding this tricky but slowly getting into the slow pace of things. Usually I would be finishing up by now but I think there are a few more steps to go. Each with a week’s drying in between so we’re in for the long haul. This one was refining the background, values and edges. I also introduced some more chroma into the centers. A very little paint goes a long way with this method and I’m starting to enjoy it very much.

Next Steps – Pass Three on Kathy Speranza Roses

I still need to finish this painting. I’m a bit nervous – don’t want to ruin it. I’ve watched her final video and it gets pretty philosophical. Interesting though and makes a change from more practical approaches. Both are needed of course and it’s been really worthwhile looking at flowers from a different perspective.

Rose Watercolor Value Study

Value studies are often associated with landscapes but they’re very useful in still life. This rose watercolor value study was hugely instructive for the follow up painting.

Yesterday’s Paul Foxton workshop session was cancelled but I thought I’d go mad and do a watercolor value study instead. Sheesh!!! So hard getting those close values in watercolor and still keep the form and light. But I think I did pretty darn well .

Here are some intermediates :

Rose Oil Painting – Block In Session

It’s a long haul this oil painting lark. Today was a 4 hour block in session. I’m working larger today on a 16″x20″ panel which was a lesson in itself. More paint, bigger brushes, and trying to keep the shapes interesting at a bigger scale.

First the drawing.

All the main colors were pre-mixed as we’d already done a color study.

The main rose colors went in along with some of the dark greens to check values.

Starting the block-in with light and shadow colors

More colors on the background flowers.

The final block in with all hard edges

Final Block-In with Softened Edges

And the final block in with all edges softened. Next will be refining the drawing, sharpening up some edges and putting in detail. Phew!

Paul Foxton Rose Workshop

Great excitement for a Paul Foxton rose workshop this week. It’s been a while since I’ve had the oils out and I was raring to go. They don’t feel quite as unwieldy as they used to and this was a great session.

Week 1 – Rose Value Study

This week was working in neutrals to produce a value study. Very careful observation and then checking by measurement of all the relevant values. I’ll probably do a little more to this one although probably not too much.

First we just blocked in all the values paying little attention to edges

rose value study
rose value study

After the whole panel was covered we softened all the edges with a soft brush. We then went back in with paint and sharpened up some areas to bring contrast and definition.

rose value study softened
rose value study softened

Side by side with the reference.

Paul Foxton rose workshop value study and reference for Paul Foxton rose workshop
Paul Foxton rose workshop value study and reference for Paul Foxton rose workshop

Week 2 of Paul Foxton Rose Workshop

This week was putting in some color. A lot of careful mixing and modelling of the form in that left hand rose. These David Austin roses really do have that intense orange in the middle. It was almost too intense in chroma to reach in paint.

Paul Foxton rose workshop rose study
Paul Foxton rose workshop rose study

Howeve,r this was a blast to do. Look at those colors! This is the first pass so there’ll be some tweaking of detail in the left hand rose later but probably not a lot.

Week3 – Full Color Study of Peach and White Roses

Peach and white roses color study in progress
Peach and white roses color study in progress

Paul Foxton’s workshop today and we started a color study for a larger finished painting. Almost 4 hours for this – it was intense. We’d had some practice with the colors last week so it wasn’t so bad but even so there was a lot to think about and you couldn’t let your focus drop.

An intermediate and palette shot

rose color study in progresws
rose color study in progresws

Rose Color Study Finished

Paul Foxton rose workshop - Finished color study for Pual Foxton rose workshop
Paul Foxton rose workshop – Finished color study for Pual Foxton rose workshop

The color study is done and I’m happy with it. It’s not a painting – just blocks of color but it seems to hang together well. This is 8″x10″ and I’m planning maybe going up to 16″x20″ for the final thing. Unless I chicken out of course.

Here’s the state of the palette. I try and keep it tidy with so many colors on the go but it gets confusing.

Palette with rose colors
Palette with rose colors

Working up the Color Study

Paul Foxton rose workshop color study
Paul Foxton rose workshop color study

Inspired by Marilyn on the Summer Roses group I decided to work up the color study a little. This gives me a little practice in readiness for the bigger version on Monday. Although softening the edges was tricky I think I’m fully prepared to dive into the real thing.

Final Rose Oil Painting – Block In Session

Paul Foxton rose workshop  oil painting block in by Michele Clamp
Paul Foxton rose workshop oil painting block in by Michele Clamp

It’s a long haul this oil painting lark. Today was a 4 hour block in session. I’m working larger today on a 16″x20″ panel which was a lesson in itself. More paint, bigger brushes, and trying to keep the shapes interesting at a bigger scale.

Paul Foxton Rose Workshop – Drawing Out

rose oil drawing
rose oil drawing

All the main colors were pre-mixed as we’d already done a color study.

rose block in palette
rose block in palette

The main rose colors went in along with some of the dark greens to check values.

Starting the block-in with light and shadow colors

rose final block in in progress
rose final block in in progress

More colors on the background flowers.

background flowers in the block-in
`background flowers in the block-in

The final block in with all hard edges

final block-in with hard edges
final block-in with hard edges

Final Block-In with Softened Edges

And the final block in with all edges softened. Next will be refining the drawing, sharpening up some edges and putting in detail. Phew!

final block-in with softened edges
final block-in with softened edges

Paul Foxton Rose Workshop – Session 5

Paul Foxton Rose Workshop Final painting - adding edges
Paul Foxton Rose Workshop Final painting – adding edges

It’s session 5 already! And we’re now onto putting some detail into the roses. We worked on the two main roses and it is extremely tricky. I think I’m happy right now but I’ll take another look tomorrow. I just about kept the form without losing value in the shadows or gaining it in the lights. And the inside curled petals just about came together.

Here’s where I started – all smooshed edges

We first worked on the big left hand rose. Sharpening up some edges and leaving others loosely defined

Left rose detail
Left rose detail

Then the right hand rose which was trickier but just about kept together.

Right rose hard edges
Right rose hard edges

And a detail of the two almost finished roses

Detail of finished roses
Paul `Detail of finished roses

Paul Foxton Rose Worksthop – Final Session

Paul Foxton rose workshop - final painting
Paul Foxton rose workshop – final painting

The final (ish) session on the summer roses with Paul Foxton. Hard to say how I feel about this right now. There are a few things I’d like to work on still but it’s very close to being done. Highly recommend Paul’s workshops. I learn a lot, the people are great and it’s enormous fun.