White Roses in pen and wash .
My inspiration for this sketch of white roses in pen and wash comes from the wish to capture the beauty and freshness of roses before they fade. It seems sad to see your lovely flowers dying so this is a way to capture them. To spare a little time for painting is so therapeutic and one can start by making art work from the things around your home.
The painting was begun by finding pale cream roses and sketching them with a fine retractable pencil which is the type that I find best for working with watercolour. With putty rubber in hand I get to work sketching the flowers loosely working from the centre out wards. When I am reasonably happy I go over my pencil lines with a fine permanent drawing pen hatching in where there are shadows.
I then wash over the flowers with shades of Naples yellow, pale sap green and a hint of orange in the centres. I wet the back ground with a little water and then flooded in cerulean blue. The leaves are painted with sap green and allowed to flood in to the back ground a little whilst it was still a bit damp.