A TOP TEN CHALLENGE WINNER in + ’Artist of the Month – Nov. 2013* ~ Women Painters – (‘FINE ART’ only) group
A TOP TEN CHALLENGE WINNER in + "All kind of traditional paintings painted by Australian Women Painters*", the Women Painters Group
The roses portrayed in this work were grown (by my husband) during the tropical winter months at our home just north of Innisfail, Far North Queensland, Australia.
After picking the blooms of different coloured varieties of highly perfumed roses, I arranged and photo documented them (with my old faithful Pentax K1000 – neg.film camera) for future reference material, both individually and in various floral group/vase arrangements (still-life). I used one of these photographic images as a reference for painting Rose Splendour’s composition. (The many photos I took ~ and there were ‘many’ ~ were also later displayed in an installation work, part of a local curated group exhibition.)
The inspiration for the work comes from the concept of duality which has been explored at several levels:
a) in the division of textures each half side (smooth and rough);
b) the warm and cool under-painting tones used on each half of the canvas;
c) bright sunlight and cast shadow, with the complimentary contrast of magnificent fleshy orange, round spiraling rose petals branching out into full bloom in the foreground, to jagged edges and silhouetted dark blue/green cast shadows in the background.
Rose Splendour design on the Hardcover Journal
Some other background: This work, the first in an ‘anticipated’ series, was painted in total relaxation mode Jan.2006 after a busy, hot and humid lead up to the Christmas period in my retail art/framing business. This happened to be just two months prior Cyclone Larry’s catastrophic visit to the Innisfail region.
Sadly, my painting time and the rose series were stopped short with Cyclone Larry hitting our town on March 20, 2006 and having had many other things to deal with. …