Magnolia Tree

Magnolia Tree Watermark

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Roses – Sold

Roses

Since I started using oils in January 2012, a lot of my pictures had quite muted colour schemes, especially the last two I did. So in this one I used a variety of bright colours on the roses. The central pale rose had to have very pure mixes; the slightest amount of impurity and the colour would be a faded grey mud. Overall this was a very challenging and absorbing painting.

Red Lupins in Fota Gardens

Red Lupins in Fota Gardens

Now this was intense work! All fine detail from one side of the board to the other. A week into it, I had to do another painting because I knew I was in for a long haul and had to do something else to have a sense of completing something. I think it was worth it though.