Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer Sketching: Roses Galore

When we moved into the home in which we are living, the garden was rambling but sadly neglected.  During our first spring, we set to cutting back and cleaning up, and during this we discovered no less than 12 rose bushes hidden beneath the scrub.

Roses just happen to be my all time favorite flower, and when I lived in Australia I had a house with over 30 bushes which were all well love and beautifully abundant. I don't know a lot about Roses, but I do know that they are a lot more 'hardy' than I gave them credit for.

The winter here in the midwest is brutal, so without any guidance, I cut them back severely, covered them with layers of mulched autumn leaves and hoped like crazy they would survive the extreme cold.

That was two seasons ago, and this year I am astounded by the health and beauty of the bushes. There is a mix of miniature and regular roses, but no standards, and the blooms on the regular bushes are glorious to say the least.  One of these is this minimalist pink/purple bloom that is so elegant that I decided to sketch a cluster of them.

I actually painted this page while thinking about my sister who was celebrating her birthday Down Under last week.  So this is for her.  It's done using Sennelier L'Aquarelle in a Stillman & Birn "Alpha" Series Sketchbook.

Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by. xx