North Texas gardeners have lost countless rose bushes to a killer disease called Rosette. Have you heard of it? There is no known cure and there’s no rose-bush to date that’s resistant to the disease. Well wouldn’t you know it, we found out early this summer that the area we live in the bulls-eye of the disease – yes, our town and the ones surrounding us have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bushes, resident gardeners (us included) have also paid the price. Today roses are only a dream until the researchers find or develop a disease resistant rose . . . today my painting is my wish for a garden filled with roses once again ~
Garden Rose, an oil pastel (8×10) was painted on a gesso-prepared Ampersand Board using Senneliers, Holbeins and Mungyo-Gallery with an acrylic underpainting. I continue my quest to learn how to paint a convincing rose in oil pastels – perhaps later this summer I’ll do a 10 or 15 painting series on just roses. I’ll bet there would be some real challenges, and valuable lessons learned in an exercise like that.
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