…But not in this case.bTwo of these blooms were actually a beautiful peach, the other white.
Originally I had considered doing this sketch in watercolour, but chickened out, uncertain of how to depict the deeper shades between the petals. Instead, I remembered the lilacs and irises I had previously sketched in ink, and so my favourite Parker blue-black calligraphy ink and a small brush came into play, accompanied by a little pot of water for dilution.
I confess I was dreading the tightly curled petals of the lowest flower, but in fact they were not the biggest challenge – the structure of the more blowsy petals was where that lay. Originally, the plan was to put a dark background in (which would also cover up my messy mistakes), but I’ve held off doing so as I’m not sure whether this would add to the sketch. The jury is still out.
Hopefully before the season is over I will get my courage up and get on with a watercolour rose picture. In the meantime, this will do.