It's not as mind boggling as I thought it would be, yay! This was a rose of my own front yard.
In the pic above you see how the roses from one my oldest bushes looked like. It was already there when we bought the (former) house.
In the last stages of her short life, she began to look like a butterfly. In a vase on my table the flowers' petals stayed in this position for more than a week (at mid summer Californian temps!). Her long life was well deserving of bcoming the first big flower of my Celebrity Collection.
A year before I had bought a 24 x 24 canvas, just out of curiosity since I had never worked with that size. But I never knew what to do with it. When I looked at the way the petals were positioned, I thought, the worst that can happen is that I have to paint over it when it bums.
Isn't she a beauty?
I took the jump and painted this rose that led me eventually to paint more than ten other flowers, filling up all of the space of a 24 x 24 canvas. That the first one was pink, is kind of odd to me, because I'm definitely not a person who prefers pink. When you compare the photo to the painting, you may see that I don't use a photo to copy an image, but as reference material.
One of the first things I had to get used to with flowers is that you paint the shadows of the petals, otherwise the painting looks like an outline. As you know, the position of form of shadows change as the day progresses.
In the afternoon this looked like a different flower!
My solution was to work very fast on the same hours each morning, and propping up the petals so they would stay in the same position as they were wilting.
The idea may be reminiscent of O'Keefe (although it was not my intent to copy her. Actually I first resisted the idea to paint a big flower, because I knew it would be compared to O'Keefe's paintings), but I definitely have a different painting style.
You gotto know that artists abhor the idea of having the same style as another painter. Not because they hate other painters or artists, but because an artists like to be individualists.
I'm sure I grew up in the "right" country (Holland) for that :).
For a slide show of the Celebrity collection of about 14 flowers,I posted a slide show of the Celebrity Collection on 1/26/09.