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I have been living off my photographs for months and have finally had enough! I decided instead to paint more from life. As I don't seem to be eager to go outside to paint, I figured that simple still lifes would work better for my indolent self. I ordered a shadow box contraption advertised in Carole Marine's blog, got fabrics to block the ambient light, and bought a red rose for my own still life setup. So far so good.
Painting the darned rose was not as easy as it appeared. I first tried it lying on a beige drape. After a wipe-off and an indifferent painting, I gave up. Yesterday the flower looked exactly the same as the day before (!), so I decided to have another go. This time I put the rose in a crystal vase with a striped green fabric as the backdrop. The vase didn't make into the small painting; the fabric became a neutral green environment. Doesn't "Red Rose" look like a garden scene instead of a still life?