The Still Life Workshop blog is being discontinued, but I will post occasional set up photos on my BenikArts blog starting Fall of 2016.

We have spent the past year preparing to move from our Denver area home. This journey is nearly complete, and I will be setting up my new studio over the next couple of months.

Explore your world and paint what you love!

Monday, May 21, 2012

New Challenge: Single Rose Hot Cocoa

Cathy Gondek

Sylvia Young
Rebecca Wang
Barb Benik
The challenge this month is a simple floral of one rose, variety Hot Cocoa.  An AARS from several years ago, this variety is super hardy in our crazy foothills climate along the Front Range of Colorado.

Hot Cocoa

Although this may appear daunting at first, it actually can be simplified to a few basics.  The flower is nearly a perfect circle.  The vase is made of narrow ellipses that are slightly skinnier at the top of the vase than they are at the bottom.  The color scheme is nearly complementary; if you don't like it, change it to your preferred colors, or do a gray scale painting.  The shape of the vase is plain.  The background is uniform.  There is only one rose to paint, and it is shaped like a shallow bowl facing the viewer.  Practice  getting that basic shape on some scrap paper, then tackle it for your finished flower.  You won't need to add a lot of detailed petals if the basics are there to make it look like a flower.

Good luck!  I look forward to seeing your artwork.


Aquarell said...

Eine bezaubernde Herausforderung. Danke dafür.
Grüsse Dich

Barb Benik said...

Translated from Google translate: "A delightful challenge. Thank-you"
Thanks, janina

Rubén Opazo said...

Barb: Hermoso trabajo, un reto bien logrado.
(Bienvenida a mi Blog)

Barb Benik said...

Translated: Barb: Beautiful work, a successful challenge. Congratulations. (Welcome to my Blog)

Thank-you, Ruben (Gracias!)