Radiant Roses at Descanso – Rose Garden Paintout and Sale

Radiant Roses
14 x 18 oil on canvas

Unless someone claims it before next weekend, this painting will be among many others for sale at Descanso Gardens in the Rosarium, April 18-19 from 9am to 4 pm.
Each of Descanso’s featured artists has been invited to bring 6 rose-themed paintings for display … and many of us will also be in the rosarium painting in the garden.

I will be there all day Saturday and until early afternoon on Sunday, so if you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello. I’m probably going to be leaving Sunday around 2:30 because I have a workshop I’m attending the coming week. But my paintings will remain at Descanso until the show closes.

This painting features what I believe are grandiflora roses. I didn’t see a tag but I’m going to guess that they are the AARS 2008 rose of the year “Dream Come True.” The interior is yellow but the outside of the petals are a magenta which looks red under warm light and more pinkish blue in the shade.

Because you know how I feel about color (and lots of it) I opted to use the full range of colors that these beauties reveal, showing some of them spotlighted by the sun, and painting others shyly bluish in the shade. I’m hoping that someone will find a place for it in their dining room or a sunny bedroom.

This year I added three new roses to my garden: Traviata, Christian Dior and Radiant Perfume. It will take a while for them to bloom, but look for their sunny portraits here in coming months.


  1. Susan
    April 10, 2009

    Your love of colour is beautifully highlighted in this new lovely. The richness of your background texture is really drawing me into this one. Have a wonderfully successful event.

  2. Cecelia
    April 10, 2009


  3. Karen
    April 12, 2009

    This is really beautiful!

  4. Jana Bouc
    April 18, 2009

    I love the color in these and the brushwork is really lovely too. I find painting flowers in oils to be challenging but you’ve taken the best of oil painting and floral painting and color and put them all together. Great work!

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