The wild roses grow

wildrosesgrowingI’ve added more light grey wild rose leaves to the bottom left corner. They’re disconcertingly bright at present, excessively drawing focus because they’re so strong against almost everything else in the painting and totally overwhelming even the white rose flowers that I  painted last week, but this will change as soon as I put a yellow-green glaze over them, when the darkness and density of the paint will either make them feel more absorbed into the background or pop forward from the shadows, depending on there position in the painting (those that I need to recede will blend more to the darker shadows, while those I need to pop forward will be painted lighter and with more vibrant colour).

I’m relishing the fast growth of my back garden roses right now, which are throwing out lovely new red leaves with reckless abandon, and reminding me to add a little reddish brown around the edges of the more defined foreground leaves in the painting to make them seem real.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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