Painting Roses – Rendered In Different Styles

by Neadeen Masters on November 28, 2011

Artists love Painting Roses!

Roses are by far the most popular of all the flowers that artists paint. From their tightly wrapped buds to their full blown reaching petals, they have been captured in every imaginable style and pose. The painting possibilities are endless and so are the styles. Here are just a few to demonstrate how different painting roses can be, yet the flower is still recognizable as the one and only beautiful ‘rose’.

Painting Roses – The Free-style or Impressionistic Rose

Some artists love painting roses with a casual or abstract flair; they hardly define any petal details, relying on subtle suggestions of shadow and light. Only the  chisel of the brush suggests torn edges or curled petals. This impressionist style still pulls the viewer to the flower’s natural beauty and alludes to the wild abandon of the rose!

Painting Roses - Neadeen Masters - Art Apprentice Online Free – Style Roses – Neadeen Masters – Art Apprentice Online

Painting Roses – The Realistic Rose or Blended Rose

We can always take a more formal approach to painting roses. Artists can spend hours defining every detail, rendering the velvet-like texture of the soft petals with great patience. Refined blending techniques are called in to play and short blending brushes are used to blend values to develop realistic form. It’s very satisfying to watch as each petal springs to life! Short of a photograph, this style takes patience and experience. As you can see, edges are controlled to establish depth and dimension, as the artist tries to capture every detail.

Realistic Blended Roses - Neadeen Masters - Art Apprentice Online

Blended Realistic Roses - Sue Pruett - Art Apprentice Online
Blended Realistic Roses – Sue Pruett – Art Apprentice Online

Painting Roses and the Decorative Artist – Stroked Roses

Stroked roses are unique in their construction. Many Decorative Artists have perfected painting roses using a stroked painting technique. These roses are created by building each petal with a single brush stroke. See the graphic below. Multiple values are blended onto the brush, and with a single brush stroke, the artist will create the throat, the center bowl of the flower, and then place  the outward reaching petals. By far a fascinating process as we watch this flower take shape in no time at all. Like the impressionistic rose, this is also a much faster painting method than the refined blended rose. Using this style and technique, multiple roses can be layered and snuggled together creating large masses of blooms.

Stroked Roses with Susan Abdella, Art Apprentice Online Stroked Roses with Susan Abdella, Art Apprentice Online

Painting Roses – The Layered Rose

Another unique style for painting roses is the Chippendale style of floral painting. Used here to render this beautiful layered rose. The artist first paints a value study using white paint against the dark background color. By controlling the pressure of the brush, and the opacity and transparency of the brushstrokes, the artist is able to build the basic form of the rose with an under-painting. Subsequent layers of color are added in thin layers. This creates the final color of the rose.

Chippendale Style Rose - Gaby Hunter - Art Apprentice Online Chippendale Style Rose – Gaby Hunter – Art Apprentice Online

As one ventures into the world of painting flowers and painting roses, one can can see the choices are many. Not only do we have a wide choice of flowers to select from, but there is also a broard range of painting techniques and styles that each flower can be painted in. May I suggest you explore them all, you never know what ideas they will stir. Your individual creativity will blossom as you combine floral poses, painting techniques and styles to create your own one of a kind art works.

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