Inspired by the roses once more.

The thing is, when the subject is so beguiling it just won’t let you go.

yellow rose, oil painting, textures,
Yellow Rose, oils


Roses in Oils

This time I’m trying out some oil paints.

Nothing big.

Just a rather small 5×5 inch rose study.



I’m aiming for a High Key image, nice and bright.

Full of light and space.




Normally, I use canvas for my oils.

But, I wanted to see how the artist grade, oil pad paper would handle texture.

If it could cope and if I could get an adequate sculptural look on it.


I think it did an alright job.  If you look,  there is plenty of texture on this.

I still, of course prefer canvas.  However, I’ll use the pad paper now as well, especially  for my smaller images.


soft pink rose oil painting,
Soft Pinks, Rose in Oil paints


What I like about oil paints:

I love how they are slower to dry and give me those gorgeous blurred soft edges.

They have a luminosity and radiant inner glow that does not dull or flatten out.



floral painting in oils, yellow and pink roses,
Pink and Yellow Roses, from the fish shop


Many people seem to value and esteem Oils much higher than other mediums; and thus,  the oil paintings can be sold for more.



I’m not too sure I’m on board with devaluing watercolors, acrylics, etc.

As in my opinion, it is the quality of the work that is the determining factor of worth and value.  It is not about which medium used.

People argue watercolors fade.

Well, they will if one uses student paints and papers, and non lightfast materials.   I use archival professional materials with all the media I use… so I don’t consider this a valid factor at all.



My inspiration from the Fish Shop Roses,  has generated a lot of artistic creations! With more in store.  I’ve played in my watercolors,  black inks & more monotypes.  I think I’ve been a little creative lately.


roses in spring, photograph,
Nose in Roses