“Wedding Roses” From the Deadhead Series
Beautiful “Wedding Roses” is the eleventh painting in my “Deadheads” series. My process begins with a collection of deadheaded flowers from garden at our home in SW Denver. My wife, Kathy, photographs the flowers and uploads the the pictures to be digitized. I work with the images in a photo enhancement software to adjust placement, values, shadows, and contrast and compose a working draft. Most of the time I stretch and prime my own canvases. Next I lay down the primary base colors of the selected image.
I always prefer using oil paint to create my paintings, rather than watercolor or acrylic paint, since it dries more slowly. Also, linseed oil thins the paints for mixing the perfect color. Hence, slower dry time allows more opportunity for blending and shading. Consequently, smells of oil paint and linseed oil fill my studio, sometimes located in the Great Room of our home. Finally, I seal the finished painting to preserve the integrity of the colors. We named the painting “Wedding Roses” because the image came from a fantasy-like wedding that we attended in the Spring of 2014. The groom was a groomsman in our wedding and I was a groomsman in Jason’s wedding. It was a lovely weekend out in the middle of nowhere in a beautiful mansion in an orange grove. No kidding.