WIP

My hubby sure has grown a lot of roses over the years. They are always absolutely beautiful. I have photographed so many of them, usually in the garden, sometimes as studio shots. And I have often painted them, usually in a traditional Still Life composition with a vase etc.

The Work in Progress

This is the first time I’ve painted them on such a large canvas, 100 x 100cm stretched linen. I’m working with acrylics and using the traditional oil painting technique – give or take a little artistic license, and a few complementary flowers 🙂

Some of my photos of my husband’s gardens and roses

So this week – I’ve still been painting them – there’s a lot 🙂

I’m not a gardener. To me – a rose is a rose is a rose! So I had to number the rose/photos and create a legend as I was quickly getting lost LOL!! I have scattered several pretty Montville Roses through the artwork and I’m picking these fresh from our new garden to paint directly.

We live in the sub-tropics, so although it is Autumn here, the weather is still in the high 20’sC and the paint is drying quite quickly, but I prefer not to use drying retarders. The only medium I add is Atelier Binder Medium diluted with water, 1 part in 4. Occasionally I add a light spray of water if it thickens. For large areas I mix the colours and store in jars, and just take out a little at a time to spare the paint drying too much.

WIP – Detail picture (also cover image) of roses so far with the darker tones painted

Creating Tussie Mussies

Thank you BLUETHUMB Art Gallery for selecting my Cyanotype as part of the small curation titled Unbe-leaf-able Art curated by Megan George, and published last week.

I’m so excited to have my work with these amazing artworks featuring leaves. Click Here to view the collection.
Especially thrilled to have it as one of the four feature images for the Facebook promotion. There are over 11,000 artists on Bluethumb so feeling pretty chuffed 🙂
Please scroll down for detail images of how I created this artwork.

Untethered Tussie Mussie – Cyanotype Photograph, Framed, 46cm (W) x 46cm (H) x 0.2cm (D)
More Info and detail images available at my Bluethumb Portfolio

I have been fascinated with the Victorian Tussie Mussies for a few decades 🙂 The fragrances created by combining flowers and herbs into a posy are just beautiful. Sometimes I even add rosemary or mint to a collection of garden flowers for the kitchen table or bench for their scent. Also, parsley is a lovely touch for greenery in a kitchen vase.  Several years ago I filmed myself, with camera on trusty tripod, creating a Tussie Mussie for the HD DVD The Vegetable Patch (Carers Resources).

In February 2018 I was an exhibiting member with the Arts Connect Inc Untethered Exhibition at The Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, Queensland. It was a natural, instant thought for me to create an ‘untethered’ Tussie Mussie. This video provides step-by-step images and instructions for making a Tussie Mussie cyanotype. Or watch on YouTube.

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Have a lovely day, Judi