This is my latest work in progress and my favourite rose in the garden at the moment. It is a big call to name my favourite rose, but Pierre wins. Old fashioned roses are my favourite, the abundance of petals and the heavenly scent are major points in their favour. I love the way the colours move from cream with a hint of green on the outside, to cream with a flush of pink on the edges in the middle, to a beautiful subtle pink in the centre. The combination of cream and pink with the hint of apple green is stunning in this rose.
This particular climber has been in my garden for over eight years and is well established and producing magnificent blooms. I find that my roses produce better blooms the older they get. This is especially true for the old fashioned roses who tend to ball (go brown at the bud stage and never open) when young.
I have drawn this rose in my usual style with a under wash of sennelier ink then coloured pencil over the top. It has been a great deal of fun to get back into this work again after a bit of a break and I have really enjoyed working with the beautiful colours of this rose and the challenge of making shadows in the cream rose work. There is nothing like drawing a flower to make you really understand and appreciate it.
It has been ages since I last posted and the past 12 months have been very difficult. My Mum passed away this time last year and after caring for her for so long and other major life crisis following on, I haven’t had the energy to keep the blog going. My final blow was being made redundant a couple of months ago, just when you think it couldn’t get worse it does. But it was a blessing in disguise and it has given me time to re-evaluate and make some new choices on what I would like my life to be like. One of the clearest decisions was to take the opportunity to follow my art more seriously. So for the last month I have been preparing my website and deciding on some business strategies and am looking forward to telling you all about them in the next post.