Day 1 ~ White Rose Gray Layer

September is here again and I was not planning on taking on the 30 in 30 Challenge this montb, but some friendly¬† artists on Instagram encouraged me to do it, so here I am. Taking a little break from my posts on Painter’s Block to paint every day for 30 days and experiment a little with different techniques.

White Rose Gray Layer copy

My first experiment is with some Flemish painting techniques. I took a photo of this rose from a beautiful bouquet of flowers that my husband bought me for my birthday. I was fascinated with the spiral and wanted to paint a rose with an emphasis on the spiral.

Old fashioned Flemish painting is done with many layers. The first layer was toning the canvas with the lightest color of the rose. The second and third layers are done in umber… I did a fast take on the umber and¬† kind of fast forwarded to the fourth layer which is the gray layer. This took me soooo long and I still don’t have it perfect, but now I’m going to let it dry and then work on it again later on in the challenge.