Friday, September 4, 2009

Step 1 of "Heaven on Earth Rose," and What's Next

"Heaven on Earth Rose," (in progress), 2 3/16" x 2 5/8", egg tempera on Kelmscott vellum

Shell Frame for "Heaven on Earth Rose"

the sketch for my next miniature, "The Piano Recital: It's Mary's Turn"

Sometimes when the object being painted is so beautiful, it's really nice to be able to zero in on it more, and the rose I have started painting is hard to resist for a close-up view. When this is done in miniature painting, it can wind up being miniature in the size of the painting itself, and miniature in its level of detail, but not at 1/6th of life scale, and this is sometimes called an 'atypical' miniature. "Heaven on Earth Rose" is an example of this.

"Heaven on Earth" is the species name of this variety of Floribunda rose, which I photographed from the first rose bush I planted in my father's memory. I've planned for it to be framed with this pink shell frame, and when it's finished, I will post it for sale exclusively on this blog, but since two more major miniature shows are fast approaching it will be completed in my spare time as I go forth.

Next I'll be starting the miniature painting of "The Piano Recital: It's Mary's Turn."

This post also marks my one year anniversary with The Ruby Slippers blog, since my first post began Sept. 4th, 2008.


Barbara A. Freeman said...

Happy Anniversary Mona!!

The rose is beautiful and will look perfect in the frame when finished.

The drawing of your next miniature is a great work on it's own! Looking forward to it as a painting too! Good luck getting your work finished on time. The deadlines are fast approaching!

Kathleen Coy said...

I love the rose, Mona! And to hear the story that it came from a bush you planted in your fathers memory makes it even sweeter. The frame is a work of art in itself... I can't wait to see them together!

Congrats on your blog-iversary! :-)

Unknown said...

The rose looks so beautiful, Mona - I look forward to seeing it in it's frame, such pretty colours!!!

I agree with Barbara - I thought your 'sketch' of the little girl playing the piano was wonderful as is!

artbyakiko said...

Hi Mona! Your rose is beautiful! I just can't wait to see your "The Piano Recital" miniature. The sketch is perfect. It's going to be awesome!

Congrats on your one year anniversary!

Mona Diane Conner said...

Thanks everyone, and thanks for the anniversary congrats.

Akiko, it was so great seeing your blog post tonite too, and congratulations again on those awards!