My previous rose was painted on rough watercolour paper.
For this one, I decided to try out hot-press paper - a new challenge for me! The paint reacts completely differently on this paper. So this one will be strictly for experimentation!
This is my second attempt. I read somewhere that hot-press paper will work better if you work wet in wet. So, I'm working section by section, wetting each in turn and painting it. It feels a bit like painting by numbers, and it's a VERY slow process. But worth exploring further, I believe.
A week on, I've completed a few more sections. Slowly getting there. The colours look completely different simply because I photographed it under different light conditions. The truth is somewhere in the middle, I guess. Hopefully I'll be all done in another week. Or longer if I decide to explore glazing to give it more of a pop (but it could also ruin it all - it's always a hard decision - when to stop)
This one is a completely different attempt, using a light wash of colours before actually painting the rose itself. But then it became too much of a mish-mash of colours. It's very three-dimensional, which I'm happy with, but the brushstrokes show too much for my liking. Plus I've read somewhere that Opera Rose is not lightfast, which is a real shame, because it's a beautiful vibrant colour.
I think that by the time I'm finished with this rose, I'll be ready to move to a completely different subject. I'm thinking big skies and nothing else!