Friday, October 22, 2010


5 x 7 watercolor

      Yesterday I wanted to paint something that I could start and finish in one day, something that would have lots of color and light, and something that would be fun. A no stress painting.

      I think that a rose fit that description perfectly. I really enjoyed painting this, it was FUN. I liked that I was able to concentrate more on the abstract shapes of the flower, that I could let the paint flow and mingle a little more than I usually do and that I got to use all that pink! My favorite! :)

     And I'm really having fun with this smaller size. I'm thinking of giving this painting a day thing a try, at least a few times a week. You'll probably be seeing more of them from me. :) 

     I used this beautiful, warm pink color on this rose, but it had been on my palette for so long that I've forgotten what color it is! I now have to go through my tubes of paint and try and match it. D-oh! It's not one of the more common pink hues like permanent rose or rose madder, I think it was a Quinacridone color. At least I've narrowed it down a little right? And, I seriously LOVE those quinacridone colors. SO pretty.

      Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. A beautiful rose for a beautiful lady.............Starting your weekend off beautifully. Of course I would love to see more painting from you no matter what size. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. It's nice. 5x7 is tiny. How long does your average painting take?

  3. I can see how much fun you had with this and I definitely think you should do more where you are having FUN! This is beautiful and cheerful and just a delight to look at.

  4. Amazing colors. I love the touch of salmon in the petals. Just beautiful!

  5. I love the colors you used! Just beautiful!

  6. I read Chris's comment and it reminded me of something Bob Ross used to say when people asked him how long it took to paint his pictures. He would tell them 30 years and half an hour. That just always stuck in my head.

  7. such juicy colors and glorious highlights!!!

  8. A painting a day? That's really ambitious, but the smaller size is probably key. Beautiful rose. :)

  9. Hi Crystal, my comment must have disappeared into some cosmic vortex, so here goes again. I think your painting is GORGEOUS! Fabulous pinks, a true little gem. I love the quinacridone paints also, they are heavenly. I like Brodie's response, I'll remember that one:)

  10. Wow. You have hit the nail on the head..

  11. A beautiful, warm rose, Crystal. Love it.

  12. Wow! What a vibrant flower! I adore your portraits, but it is also nice to see something different too. Is there anything you can't do? I'm beginning to think not!

  13. your talent is ever more showing Crystal. great work and I love those wildlife sketches.

  14. Crystal, I don't know how you have done this painting. But you have done this very nicely.

  15. Why thanks so much Carol! Hope you had a better weekend! :)

    Thanks Chris! Hmmm. . . It really kind of depends on how complicated the subject is. If it's a single portrait of something (anything really, person, dog, flower) it takes me about eight to ten hours for my usual 10 x 14 size. Smaller ones like this, just took a couple of hours. But yeah, Brodies's right, add about 15 years of study, practice and trial and error. They used to take me much, much longer. :)

    Well, I'm glad you can see that Karen! Thank you SO much :)

    You're so wise Brodie. :):):) Love you so much babe.

    Thank you so much meera!!

    Thanks MT! Yeah, the smaller size is the key for me, and I'm probably setting the bar too high, but we'll see what happens. :)

    Thanks Carrie, I'm so glad you like it! :) I hate it when my comments get eaten too :(

    Thanks Prabal! :)

    Studio at the Farm, thank you very, very much! I loved the rose you have on your blog, it's gorgeous!

    Thank you so much Sandra! :) Oh there's lots I can't do. I painted some grapes the other day and they were SO not beautiful. :) But thank you very much for the compliment.

    Thanks so much Gary! That compliment means an awful lot coming from you! :)

    Thank you very much D.D.! :)


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