My Mum bought me some gorgeous roses the other day and I just couldn't resist sketching them out and then applying watercolour to my art journal. In my last post, you can watch a little video showing how I was inspired by roses from my garden a few days ago!
Art Journal Time - Roses
As I was working in my journal, the flowers were reminding me of precious Summers from my childhood and memories of helping my Granny prune her treasured roses - I can still see her in my mind's eye.
The other vivid memory I have of roses, is that I absolutely adored making rose perfume - well my version anyway. I would be about six or seven and I would put rose petals in a little warm water and then leave them overnight and dab the 'perfume' behind my ears. I totally believed I 'major' smelled of roses... [happy memories].
A few years down the road and I'm reminded of the red roses that my hubby bought me when he proposed to me. I still have them after all these years - dried of course.
Do you have any special memories of roses from your childhood or adulthood even?
I particularly like David Austin roses. My mother-in-law purchased some of his roses when we moved into our current house and she lovingly planted them all the way down the driveway... (thank you B). By the way, I've just noticed David Austin Roses won a gold in the Chelsea flower show this year with their Rose Garden Exhibit. A particular stunningly beautiful specimen is the Olivia Rose.
You might have noticed that one of the roses is particularly yellow, yet there are no yellow roses in the vase? Yep, you would be right - I just felt like using some yellow as it matched my mood - ie happy!
I do hope this has inspired you to grab a flower or two (or even a weed) and do a little sketching/watercolour in your journal. If it has, please let me know - it would make my day...
If you would like to see more on watercolour painting along with other ways to enjoy/embrace nature and life itself - take a little look here.