George Cochran Lambdin (1830-1896), was a Philadelphia area painter famous for his roses. He began painting roses as a means to explore the subtleties of flesh tones for his portraiture work. He painted roses in natural settings and in the greenhouse; one painting even includes a wheelbarrow full of roses. Happy will be the day when my garden yields such a profusion! In the time being, I treasure the small handfuls offered up daily.
The profusion of roses and their looming absence from the garden over winter has had me focusing on a series of studies featuring roses. Focusing on David Austin roses and tea hybrid roses, I’ve been analyzing roses’ colors and form, drawing charcoal studies, painting full-size value studies, and capturing quick color sketches.