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Extravagance - Oil Painting by Artman225 Extravagance - Oil Painting by Artman225
40" x 40"
Oil on canvas

This is my favorite rose to date. The inspiration for this piece was the rose itself! It's a multi-colored rose, and I haven't really put forth much effort in doing one before, so I'm pleased with this one. I worked somewhat more loosely than I normally do with roses, focusing more on contrast between light and dark and the colors themselves and not so much on details.

Why do I paint roses so much?
I feel that, as I draw and paint them on canvas, they're like puzzles. The petals have to fit together perfectly or the flower looks completely wrong. I think this differs from other flowers because many of them can have petals added or detracted without anyone noticing something wrong. As I paint the rose, I paint in a way that feels most natural to me, beginning in the center and radiating outward, similar to how the rose opens.

If you have any questions, please ask!
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015   Traditional Artist
Hello! I've featured this wonderful piece in my journal art feature . I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Every time I return to your gallery, I can smell roses!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awww! Thank you so much! I'm working on a new one! Should be finished in another 6 months at the rate I'm working. haha
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kach-back Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Very nice work, I can clearly see the value of working in oils when I look at pieces such as this. The soft gentle blending is perfect, and the subtle texturing on the petals is really well done.  Just an excellent piece of work overall and a pleasure to view.
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words!
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kach-back Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
My pleasure you do great work and you most certainly deserve them.
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SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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BlueMoonArtistry Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! This looks just like a photograph.
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hmmm.... spam. NO.
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello! I'm making a series of art videos about flowers, and I was wondering if I could include this piece in one of my videos. It would be set to an original classical-style composition (by me) about this flower. I'll be sure to credit you and link to your page if you say yes.
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That's fine. Thanks for including my pieces.
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
^_^ They're wonderful.
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GreenMusic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
It is so soft and tender and the colours are so harmonic. GREAT!!!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Lovely
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011   General Artist
wow, i thought this was a photo from the thumbnail!
amazing work!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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weida34 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist
wow, this is extremely well done! beautiful :)
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!
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DolphinChild Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
THIS IS AMAZING. FAVORITE !!!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awwww! Thank you! To respond to your other comment: It just takes a lot of work and even more patience to do it. A good reference photo is a must, too. I'm currently working on a new 40" x 40" rose painting that details the steps to a finished piece, which will be posted towards the end of this month!
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DolphinChild Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
how did you get this GOOD?
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soybeans Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful and pure! the colors are so vibrant, I love it.
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Akkanash Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Luscious!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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devilbloody Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOOOOOOOW! This is amazing! Congratulations! I loooove the way you have done the shading and that it is sooo beautifully blossomed! Great work :) Keep up! I am just curious how much time did it take you to do this wonderful piece? I know that my question might sound quite weird to you but I ma just curious?
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Artman225 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for all the favs!
It's not an odd question at all. It took me about 30 hours to do.
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devilbloody Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome :) This is much time but it is definitely worth that is why I +fav:d it! :)
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Kolorita Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Veru beautiful!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't see how it's painted more loosely, all I see is more detail! I follow all those sharp petal lines, it feels like a vortex and I'm being sucked in. :sprint: LOL! I'm glad you paint roses! They certainly are like puzzles, unique and deserving a million paintings! So do you paint them out of your head, or do you use photo references??? This one in particular is amazing for the color changes and complexity. :w00t: Keep 'em coming!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I think it's loose because it's bigger, and I can make larger brushstrokes. lol I've never had my roses described as a vortex before! I like it.

I always look at a reference photo when I paint these. There's no way I'd be able to paint all those details without one!

Thanks!!!!!! :D
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
I've done a few roses in my time, and this piece is exceptional. Do you use a wet on wet technique?
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Artman225 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I do use wet on wet when I paint in oils. When I'm blending the colors on the petal, I find it's easiest to do it that way.
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DarthJudicare Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful!!
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Artman225 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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DarthJudicare Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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milbisous Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Of all the roses you've painted, it's "my favorite rose to date" too. Nicely done. I bet it is easier to paint all those gloriuos petals in big size canvas.
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Artman225 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! It really is much easier to paint those details on a large canvas. You can use a larger brush and can be freer with your brushstrokes. It just takes a lot longer because there's more surface to cover. haha
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milbisous Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
That's very true. I still have to paint a rose that I can be happy with :)
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xXChubbyBunnyXx Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Beautifully done!!
I love the the folds of the petals :)
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Artman225 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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into-hell Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's the best rose i have ever seen.
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Artman225 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That's quite a compliment! It really means a lot to me.
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