Enjoying a Rosy Romance

Lately I’ve been enjoying a rosy little romance with a new method for working out the details of a painting. Sometimes I get to a certain involvement with a piece, but then get stymied and don’t know how to proceed next. It’s like a form of stage fright, where I freeze up and can’t commit to doing anymore on the art. Will I wreck it if I do this? or that? Gah!

What I used to do when that happened, was take a photo, bring it into Photoshop and play around with it on the computer, stress-free. That undo command is great!

Recently, though, I’ve begun to explore some of the painting apps on my iPad. It’s so much quicker to take a photo with my iPhone, import it into one of the painting apps and play away. I like it better than Photoshop because I’m actually working on the surface of the iPad and therefore the painting rather than using the computer mouse on the desk and watching the cursor on the computer screen. There’s a disconnect when working on the computer that makes it less satisfying than the iPad.

In a future blogpost I’m going to discuss the painting apps I’ve tried, but for today, I thought I’d share how I used this method to come up with one of my recent paintings.

Here’s Rosy Romance, at the “deer in the headlights” stage. What to do next?

Rosy Romance

A pretty enough abstract in its own right, but I wanted to add something representational.

I took a photo, brought it into my painting app and tried a few ideas. I’m rather enamoured of the negative painting technique right now, where I imagine what the art wants to be, then paint a background around the imagined shapes to create a design. Here I’ve got three ideas, from left to right, with the one I liked best on the right.

Rosy Romance

Three trial versions of rose bouquets created on my iPad. I liked the version on the right the best, so proceeded with this idea to the actual art.

Next I drew the design on the painting, using a lighter-coloured oil stick for the initial drawing, then a darker colour when I was confident of the composition.

Rosy Romance

Using an oil stick, I drew my composition freehand. I used a lighter colour initially (you can just make out some of the pale blue lines), then redrew with a darker stick.

Then I negatively painted around my design with burgundy oil paint.

Rosy Romance

Here I negatively painted around my flower design. As I was painting, I noticed I was making a sort of scalloped design at the edges. I liked it so continued all around the edges. I think it gives an old-fashioned look to this painting of a very traditional rose bouquet.

And the finished piece.

Rosy Romance

And the finished piece! Ta-da! Rosy Romance, 12˝ x 12˝, oil and cold wax, oil sticks on wood panel.

I’m spending a lot of time on my iPad lately and not as much in my sketchbook. But it’s all art, and all good, right? As some of you may be aware, Apple just came out with a new, larger iPad, the iPad Pro. There’s a fabulous Apple Pencil that makes it feel like you’re working on real paper, with pressure-sensitivity and shading, or so I’ve read. They’re not available quite yet. Am I lining up to get one? You betcha!

, , , , ,

2 Responses to Enjoying a Rosy Romance

  1. Clare December 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    I know you are too too busy with at present but I want to get an ipad with the paint app. When time is right I would be grateful to pick your brains on which model of the ipad would be sufficient for use in sketching outdoors for example. Sounds like an excellent tool for considering options in a painting on canvas without putting brush on surface.. Great

    • Dorothy Siemens December 3, 2015 at 9:04 am #

      For sure we can have a conversation! I’ll be happy to have my brains picked! 🙂