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Garden Roses Pastel

Since Fall is quickly turning towards winter, I picked the last of the Roses from the garden before they were gone and created Garden Roses Pastel. It was painted on grey PastelMat paper and is approximately 8″x10″ in size. I used a variety of pastels from hard to soft and really enjoyed the process. The Roses smelled so wonderful that I wished at times, I could incorporate the smell into the painting!


Garden Roses Pastel

It took me a few days to paint this piece and each day the flowers were more open than the day before. The first day I blocked in all the main passages and the second day I worked on building the forms with light and shadow. I painted the vase last because it was unchanging and then as a final detail, added the petal on the table. By the last day the flowers were gone and this is what was left:

Dying Roses

The photo is a bit distorted because I was looking down on it, but you get the idea. I saved the petals to make some potpourri and the little bud never opened. It’s always sad when flowers are done.

I absolutely love flowers and enjoyed painting this Garden Roses Pastel. My ultimate garden dream is to plant a Rose garden with a water fountain in the middle and benches to sit and reflect upon the surroundings. It would be a huge undertaking because our backyard is on a hill side and full of rocks. Maybe some day it will happen and give me many more Roses as subjects! Right now I only have three Rose bushes; one pink and two orange/pink varieties.

My next painting will be a homage to Fall and Thanksgiving with a still life of some mini pumpkins done in pastel. At least I know the pumpkins will last and I won’t have to rush through it. That will be fun! I’m also turning my attention to some other things, because I have art A.D.D. and jump around from interest to interest. I’ve been having a play at junk journaling! I’ll share that at the end of the year.

Thanks for stopping by~ And as always, I appreciate you! Much Love! ~Rhonda

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Pink Roses Pastel Painting

My flower garden is in full bloom with rose and Lillies of all sorts! It smells so wonderful and all the colors are a treat for the eyes! So here is my first floral painting of the year, called Pink Roses Pastel Painting.

Last week I picked some of my pink roses and brought them inside to enjoy, because they were suffering in the heat. It was really hot outside, in fact unusually hot for our area. We have been having some extreme hot temperatures for the last few weeks, so I have stayed inside! I’m not a fan of extremes in temperature, especially heat. It was the perfect time to do some still life paintings and pink roses made a great subject! So I thought.


Pink Roses Pastel Painting

It’s been awhile since I have painted floral genre and I’m out of practice. Needless to say this pink roses pastel painting was a challenge for me. As I look at the photo of the painting, I see lots of areas that could be improved, but I’m going to leave it as is and call it a learning piece.

I used wine Pastelmat paper that was 9″x12″ in size and soft pastels. After blocking in my sketch I set out to paint and after a few hours I was really unhappy with the way things were going. I took the paper off the easel and threw it in the trash. After taking a break, I came back in the studio and took the painting out of the trash and taped it back on the easel. I decided to use a brush and water to paint out what I had done, and create and under painting. Taking out my frustrations on the painting with water was great fun. I left it to dry and called it a day.

The next morning I turned on the easel light and was surprised to see that the painting could be salvaged and I could see a path forward. So, again, I played with textures and edges and ended up enjoying the process. I worked on staying loose and not blending the pastel.

Roses have always been hard for me to depict in a painting so now the challenge is on! I’ve got to figure this out! Pink is also a difficult color to portray especially in pastel, so maybe I’ll try some of my other roses that have red and orange in them. For now, I’m taking a break from roses and will sneak up on them another day.


Currently on my still life table is a white Lilly from the flower garden. I’m painting it in pastel and it’s coming along okay. The flower smells wonderful!

White Lilly

I’ve painted these Lillies in oils mostly, and created one pastel last year that came out great. I’m haunted by these beautiful flowers and every year I have to paint them. They only last a few weeks, so now is the time to capture their beauty, if at all possible.

I’ll be back soon to show you how the painting turned out. I hope I don’t wreck it! I am struggling with what color to make the background. White isn’t going to work, so I’ll have to invent something. I was thinking I’d make a high key painting by placing the flower on a white background, but now I wonder if that was a good decision. I’ll need to play around and see what happens.

Much love ~ Rhonda