Watercolor Roses

Welcome to my Fourth Watercolor Blog

Painting Roses without painting each petal, I drew the roses in pencil until I understood their shapes.
Then I worked out my composition , with a value plan , Planned my colors to suit me, not what is in front of me , I often work from black and white photographs for just this reason . Once these are chosen I am  ready to paint .

I didn’t not put all of my drawing onto my paper just a few shapes , but I had my pencil drawing to refer to as I needed to , I do not rely on my photograph   , or rose , once I have my composition ,
and colors chosen , I no longer need the reference , in fact it would detract from my plan , I am not going to paint to resemble the photograph , or subject , just use the information they have given me to create a painting.

The colors chosen this time were Red Purple , Indian Yellow ,and Indigo , not a bright palette , but I liked the balance this time , I like to choose different color combinations  so the color choices do not become predictable.


  • Starting to find my Shapes
  • Finding my way around the shapes
  • Following my value plan and adding the final touches


    • Bev says:

      Hi Malcolm Like the word Shapes from you , My considered mess again , thank you for leaving a comment , happy painting Bev

  1. Marion says:

    Love it Bev, the colours are great and I love the hint of leaves without there being leaves if you know what I mean.

    • Bev says:

      Thank you Yvonne ,it is worth doing the Blog when I can get the feed back that lets me know people are finding it worth reading ,and commenting on .Have a nice day Bev

  2. Judith says:

    I actually work in a similar way to this… well apart from the value sketch and the drawing (slap hands!!) but I often work from b&w and no longer use the reference or the actual flowers once I have found the shapes. However I usually paint the flower shapes then lose them or most of them so that bit is different…..lovely to see how others work xx

    • Bev says:

      Hi Judith thank you , this is just one way that I paint , but I always do a value sketch first , and plan my composition .
      I have a saying , fail to plan , plan to fail.
      If I have drawn something and got familiar with its shape , I can paint it without drawing at all , or just a few marks .
      The sketch gives me that choice
      I don’t follow the complete plan sometimes the painting takes me along a different path .
      Happy Painting Bev

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