Monthly Archives: December 2016

Rosa Damascena

Rosa Damascena. Acrylic on 36x36" wood panel

Rosa Damascena. Acrylic on 36×36″ wood panel




rosa-damascenaBack to painting a little today after all the festive distractions – added ultramarine blue overlaid with cerulean blue (left) to the background of roses which I think balances the painting colour-wise, then scraped back the paint for more texture (above).

Merry Christmas!

No show of snow here in Edinburgh! But here are some of my winter-themed paintings from the past few years …













Christmas commission

'Elie Bay 2'. Mixed media on 10x10" wood

‘Elie Bay 2’. Mixed media on 10×10″ wood

‘Elie Bay’ finished today – this was privately commissioned by someone as a surprise Christmas present for his partner (who liked my previous painting of Elie Bay on the east coast of Fife). I think it’s fairly similar and hope it’s happily received!

Rosa Damascena 2

rosa-damascena-2Today’s painting on the theme of the rose of Damascus.

I’ve decided to rename the series Rosa Damascena to avoid possible associations with my name, since someone recently said – ‘I didn’t know you were born in Damascus’. !

I was discussing a future exhibition of these with an artist who suggested mixing essence of rosa damascena with the paint. It’s a nice idea but as it’s about £10 per ml (a teaspoon is 5ml) this would be a bit pricey! I did in fact order a couple of mls of pure absolute of rosa damascena recently, so instead of mixing it with paint (which would taint the perfume anyway) I’d most likely dab a bit on the hand of each viewer as they entered the exhibition (or a card if they preferred). The room would be beautifully perfumed by the end of the preview! – the scent of rosa damascena is different from the tea rose (which is what we mostly see in the UK) which has a light, almost lemony/apple scent, quite sharp and soapy, though sweet and floral. Rosa Damascena is sweeter and much deeper, with a peppery edge – if you can imagine the scent of Turkish Delight magnified quite a bit.

It’s tricky to get an idea of scale so here’s my hand against the painting, and a few  details also showing the sides of the panel (plywood panel 3×3 ft and 2″ deep) …

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Damascus Rose day 4

p1130545Some more work on Damascus Rose today, quite a rainy day so I couldn’t paint or photograph much beyond 3pm as it was so overcast (hence blurry photos).

I’ve showed more of the process and details below. A lot of it was painting the blue swathe then making rose patterns in wet paint with my nails, then repeating till it seemed right. I won’t really be able to tell until there’s some natural light tomorrow.

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