#10 in a series of ten oil paintings called “The Northwestern Flowers in Bottles Series.”
The original rose I had chosen for this project was orange. However, after choosing the other nine flowers for this series, we decided that a yellow flower would be a better balance. So I found the fattest rose ever, and took several photographs; trying to view the flower from the top down as opposed to it's less interesting profile.
I wanted to add a little personality to this flower, as a painting of a rose can sometimes be a little cliche. The leaves were much more gnarly in real life—I chose to perk them up. I like how they look like arms. This painting gives me the feeling that the rose is smiling and getting ready to give me a hug. Is that crazy??
I think the unique shape of the bottle also helps add to the interest of the piece.