I decided to take a trip off the beaten path this week by doing a small 11″ by 14″ canvas painting of some flowers. But not just a painting in my usual style of painting flowers. I decided to paint one-stroke roses. And, for some reason, of which I’m not quite sure, I decided to paint them in water-miscible oil. Typically, I reserve oil paint for subjects like portraits or body poses, or any subject where I find it very important to blend colors together in an unhurried manner. Although the leaves in this painting may come under that general description, there is nothing terribly difficult to painting leaves with acrylic paint.
As for the roses themselves, I suppose I might have been thinking that I could get a nice blend between the base color that I patted into the flowers and the strokes themselves. However, that blending became problematic, as the light highlights of each stroked petal became engulfed by the base color, which had not yet dried. I was able to finish the painting successfully, but probably with four times the effort that I would have taken if I had used acrylic. A double load of dark red tone with light pink, or dark peach tone with an off white, stroked over a dry base color would have made the application of each petal of paint much cleaner. Although the outcome was favorable, the effort involved would have been much less if I had chosen acrylic paints, which I will certainly do if I ever paint stroke roses again.