Monday, March 7, 2011

Roses... and Roses... and Roses...


A few weeks ago, I came across a photograph on Empty Nest Revolution.  California Girl had done a post on Spirals and used a photo by her husband, professional photographer Cole Scott.  His beautiful rose became an inspiration piece for my study of watercolor.


I did two versions and neither one even begins to portray the beauty of his photograph.  I started out on a quest for the soft, delicate coral he had so beautifully captured.  But, for the life of me, I could not stop myself from playing with the deep, garish colors I ended up with.  It was a great lesson in creating some shape... and not.  ;)  Rolling the edges... sometimes the wrong direction...


My versions have some Pop Art, odd and harsh colors and shapes... but, I like them okay...  because they are a part of my progression to an unknown place... I find that exciting.  And, I learned some things.


After starting these, I found Wanda's Art Blog and decided to play along on the challenge of March to paint flowers!  Thank you, Wanda!!  Thank you, California Girl and Cole!

Check out http://archive.colescottphoto.com/!!  Incredible photography!

My blog friend, Kim at Savvy Southern Style hosts a Wow Us Wednesday party at her place.  She was kind enough to expand the party for those of us who are less enthusiastic about getting around to decorating!  Come join us.  She is open to recipes, knitting,  crafts, decorating or anything you would like to share... and she is quite kind.  =)

31 comments:

Christine said...

Aren't Blog Buddies the best!
This is really beautiful. I like that you enlarged it so we see just the pedals.
Great colors!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Tanna, before long you will be in a gallery and I can say I knew her when. This is spectacular!

podso said...

I think it's beautiful, But I can imagine how difficult those swirls would be. It's not as easy as it looks, isn't that some rule? I'm so glad I can look over your shoulder in your art journey!

Debbie said...

You are an extremely talented painter. It must be exciting to see your picture become something beautiful and vibrant. I've never had that experience. Carry on!
Debbie

Mary said...

Tanna, your use of color is extraordinary. This is quite lovely. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chatty Crone said...

I agree with Kristine - I'll say I knew her when too! Awesome job. sandie

Amanda said...

Will we be seeing your art on exhibit at the show where we went to see Patrice's? I think you should enter some of your work for that. I tell you what, for only having started this watercolor painting a couple of months ago, you sure are amazing at it. Seriously. But the truth is, I knew you would be. I can't ever remember a time I watched you attempt something that it didn't come out great. I hope that legacy is passed on to LM and Baby Boy.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I remember quite a while back you posting a painting that you had done, which was beautiful, and just look at you now. This is great work!

Deb said...

you are so talented Tanna....

nanny said...

Amen.....I knew her when!!!
Seriously your talent is amazing.
I love the colors you chose...so vibrant.
You make it look and sound easy, when I know it can't be!

Wanda said...

Oh my goodness..If this is playing along... You are the conductor of the Orchestra.

I've been so tied up with my daughter being in the hospital with a kidney stone, I haven't had time to post your beautiful rose on my blog...

I will get that done this evening!

This is extraordinary work. Love it, love it, love it.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

OOOooooh, I really love them! The third one is my fav!

Vickie said...

Good job, Tanna! I love the swirls on your rose. It's neat how an ordinary object observed from a different or close angle can make itself look totally different - like a pinwheel or something here. You had a wonderful inspiration!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

I love your roses! So often creative projects take on a life of their own, and that's what your roses did. As far as curling in the wrong direction--nature isn't perfect! Gorgeous!
Best,
Susan

Sandy said...

This is.....breathtaking!

animal print gal said...

This rose is so lively beautiful!Great blog!

California Girl said...

Hi Tanna! My husband and I just saw the post and we love it. He says to tell you he "loves the edging on the first two & the color on the third". I like them all. I used to love to paint roses and I know how hard they can be. You did an excellent job.

Send everyone to www.colescottphotography.com

XO CG

It's Just Dottie said...

You can do so many wonderful things. God has given you so much talent .
You asked about the climbing spinach plants so here is a link
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2945/
I grew them last year and it was wonderful to eat and very pretty.

Julie Harward said...

It's beautiful and you have the eye and heart of an artist..love what you are doing! (I love your porch on your side bare..wow!) :D

Debbie said...

Oh Mercy!!! You just ooze art! Beautiful colors and blends. Will check out his blog. Thanks, and talk to ya later!

Diana Ferguson said...

Awesome!!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Tanna, thanks for linking this up!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Tanna, thanks for linking this up!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Blogger is having issues. Sorry you got that twice. It didn't say it went through. It just sat there so I did it again.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You are becoming quite the artist! I love your beautiful colors.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

WOW! Your roses are so beautiful! They look like Georgia O'Keefe paintings. You are very talneted, Tanna!

Shug said...

Tanna...I am just down the road from you in the big city with a heart...(chandler)
So glad to find some local bloggers.
Both roses are beautiful! I thnk I would love to watercolor paint, just have not ever taken the time to push myself in that direction.
Your blog inspires me...
Will be stopping back by for some visits..
Blessings
shug

From the Kitchen said...

I think it's extraordinary! That's me behind your shoulder with Dotsie. A cup of coffee and a sweet would be nice while we watch you paint if it's not too much trouble. = )

Best,
Bonnie

Carol............. said...

You amaze me with your talent!!

Little Man in watercolor is super.

Thanks for the photo link there are some pretty awesome photos on that site.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Those flowers are beautiful!!!
-Trish

...m... said...

I'm a HUGE fan of watercolor...now a fan of your art! Beautiful paintings!!!
Found on WUW!!!
Followed too!
All the Best!
...M... @ RequireLife

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