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09-01-2013, 06:29 PM
Can someone tell me how can I learn to paint roses? Is there an exceptional book, worksheet, video or link? I'm beginning to think that some people are just born to paint flowers.
Thanks if you can lead me to a source....

09-03-2013, 10:46 PM
I'm beginning to think that some people are just born to paint flowers.

Not me!! :angel: I had to learn the old fashioned way!! Blood, sweat, tears, and lots of paint!! :lol:

Carol, you did not say what your medium is and I paint in Watercolor. We have some wonderful artists that have shared a lot of info on painting all kinds of things. I am sure the other Forums have the same sources, too.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3947494 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3947494)

These are Videos on a variety of things, but there is a section on the Rose. I tried searching for 'How to Paint a Rose' on Google and found many places, too. There are books, too, and you will need to Google for them, too. Now, when you get a book located, you might check back and see if anyone has heard of the author.

Join us in the monthly Plant Parade Challenge and you will learn to paint lots of different flowers!! We're a fun group, too!! :clap: :clap:

Hope this helps!!

Katherine :music: :music:

09-04-2013, 12:52 PM
Sorry..Katherine .....I paint in acrylics.

09-04-2013, 04:30 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=7 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=7)

This is a general area that might help with questions that you might have. . .don't know about Roses, though! :cat:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=9 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=9) This one is all about Acrylics!! :thumbsup:

The Plant Parade in Floral is using any medium that you want. This month we are painting tree(s) and water. Check it out, it should be lots of fun!!

Hope this helps with finding your way around some of WetCanvas and maybe you can find what you are looking for!! (I had to stop and read some of the stuff myself. . .it was very interesing! :angel: )

Katherine :music: :music:

09-05-2013, 07:29 PM
To an artist, there is really not much different in painting a rose than there is in painting a rock, a mountain, or a portrait. A rose (or any flower, really) is nothing more complicated than a bunch of values. Put those values in the correct, relative positions to each other, and you will find that you have created a "rose". It believe it to be one of those "Paint what you see" concepts.

About the only thing that may set flowers apart from other types of paintings is that the petals generally require some very smooth transitions and gradations of color, and value, compared to the painting of a mountain, for example.

I don't find that the creation of a believable flower is very well accomplished with that which I call the "carved granite" effect-the technique that involves the prominent brush stroke appearance. To me, there is quite a difference between painting a flower, and painting an impression of a flower. I usually prefer to paint flowers.

Charlie's Mum
09-06-2013, 12:30 PM
In both this forum and in Acrylics if you do a search for 'roses' it will find many threads for you to view - all with different ways of tackling the problem - or subject!!!!
Bill is right - it's no different from painting any other subject - it's all a question of looking and observing and then translating what you see onto the paper or canvas.

But if videos, actually seeing paint applied, is what helps you, go to Youtube and search there - often some short videos are quite helpful.

Technique, applying the paint in the most satisfying way for you comes with practise.
Styli is up to the individual - Bill paints very realistically and his works are beautiful - but as he points out, there are other points of view/interpretation/rendering! :)