My collector still wants to have a figure near the door. He originally suggested a lady standing next to the door. I felt that would be too static. The tall archway, the upright figure, the door and the chili ristra would line up almost like fence posts. Then I thought what about a woman sitting on the steps taking in the fragrance of flowers in a pot by the porch? David said, “Sounds good!”
Aren’t digital cameras wonderful? I set ours up on a tripod and began taking “Selfies!” The afternoon light in our garden was perfect. As I was taking pictures Jack came up with the idea for me to be smelling a rose. Ahhhh, how Romantic. And what better than to be sitting beside a basket filled with fresh sunflowers and roses?
The area where I painted out the basket weaver is now dry. My first step is to lightly pencil in the basic shapes of the figure. You can click on the picture to see it larger.
Now I start drawing the figure in a thin oil wash made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. Our lady will be in a white dress, I’ve shortened the sleeves and lengthened the skirt.
The light and shadow pattern on the face is washed in.
The fragrant rose is washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. I love how the shadow of the flower is cast on the bodice of the dress. My heart sang when I saw it in the original photo.
The darkness of the courtyard wall in the distance will accentuate the dress and face of our lady basking in the sun and enjoying the “Romance of Roses”. I wonder what thoughts are floating through her imagination.
So here’s the full painting…….What do you think? The red of the roses and the chili ristra are going to look so nice on either side of the Turquoise door.
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