Sunday, January 27, 2008

Pink Passion Roses Ceiling Tin

I had so much fun painting this tin, it was a custom order from my friend Kathryn Bechen over at http://www.kathrynbechenink.com/ .

I've entitled it "Pink Passion", it just seemed to fit with the painting. Kathryn told me she wanted a custom piece to hang in her bedroom, which I hear is quite the art gallery. She left everything up to me, her only specification was that she really wanted pink roses for her wall, so, pink roses is what she will get when she receives this in the mail.

I painted this piece in acrylics and used several shades of pink, mauve, burgandy, white and all kinds of other crazy variations, to achieve the distanct colors that each rose has.

I'll take you through some of the steps involved in creating this piece below. Unfortunately, I cannot list all of them, as I would have been taking photos every 5 minutes, but I hope, it will give you the general idea of what I started with and how the painting evolved into the finished piece you see.

I photographed my available tins and Kathryn picked this one out as her favorite. It measures 12" x 12". I actually went down into the basement to take this photo and had to remove some dust before I got started taking pictures.

I sketched out the basic design one morning as I was sitting in the livingroom having my morning caffeine fix. I usually draw a lot better when I'm not at my desk, as I find that sometimes being at my desk, makes me a bit tense for this part of the project. So I was relaxing, sitting in a nice comfy chair, having tea and drawing. I also love to draw when I'm watching movies as well.

I decided to make the background a nice washy combination of lilac, pale blue and white. I got the first rose finished and then based the second one in. I also added some vague indications of background leaves. I wanted them to be very washy, and soft, just the slightest little hint that something might be back there. Doing this also really grounds the roses into the scene, rather then having them float on the colored background.

At this point I finished the second rose and began adjusting the colors on the first one again. I wasn't quite happy with the colors, they needed some work.

Finally, the finished painting....the top rose has the proper color proportions now, the second rose had some soft lilac added to a few of the petals and the bottom rose is all finished. I put some soft greenery in the background and finished the delicate leaves and VOILA, it is finished!!! Kathryn, I hope you love it!!!

34 comments:

Gardengirl said...

Ruth your rose painting is soooooo beautiful. I love the shabby chic look that you have created.
Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog regarding my daughtes wedding cakes. Have a great Sunday.

NeereAnDear said...

Oh Ruth... that is absolutely beautiful... as always... your work is lovely.....

I know Kathryn will adore this painting...

HUGS

JO

NeereAnDear said...

PS I am like you... I like to sit in front of the tv or someplace like that to draw as it is relaxing to do that while watching movies...

HUGS
JO

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Ruth, love love your roses, I've enjoyed being taken through your painting process, acrylics are great to work with I think. Thanks for your encouraging comments on my blog, very much appreciated. Look forward to your next project.

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Anna, I have always loved paintings on ceiling tins, they have a history to them. Like mixing the old and the new.

Jo, isn't it true, it is fun when I'm watching tv...really takes the pressure off. Sometimes though, during a movie, it is impossible to draw as you would miss too much. Some movies however, you can really get away with it. I love drawing during my soap opera, that doesn't require my full attention to the screen.

Gail, thank you, your work is such an inspiration to me.

Ruth Welter said...

Ow sorry Maggie, I just realized I calley you Anna...I get you and her mixed up sometimes..you are garden girl and she is nature girl. You see where I'm going with this. LOL Sorry bout' that.

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Kathryn is such a sweetheart, I just know she's going to love this piece. It's gorgeous!!

oxox
Jennifer

Dorothy said...

Hi Ruth,

Another beautiful piece designed and painted by your talented hands!
I have a similar surface and you have inspired me to dig it out and paint it.

Your roses are just lovely!

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Jennifer & Dorothy, I had so much fun painting this one. I'm so happy to finally have the time to paint things that actually inspire me.

Charm & Grace said...

These roses are just beautiful! What a lovely idea to paint them on ceiling tins making a natural frame. I just love your step by step photos, too. Really, really beautiful.

Blessings,

Christi
Charm & Grace Blog

Suzanne said...

Ruth! The roses are gorgeous! Thanks for taking us through the process, I love seeing the steps. Hmmmm?, maybe your husband could hold a video camera while you work to capture all of it? :)...just a thought!

Donna said...

Hi Ruth,
Love the roses! And thanks for showing us how you did it. Very nice!
Donna

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Christi..I love painting on the ceiling tins, they make a really fun and architecturally interesting surface.

Suzanne & Donna, I agree, the process is fun to see. I especially like showing some of the steps because I really think it helps show people who aren't artists, who visit my blog, that a lot really goes into paintings. I know since the two of your are artists, you understand there are many more steps then I've shown, ah, but impossible for me to show them all.

Brook said...

Beautiful roses!! Thanks for visiting my blog! Will visit you again soon. Brook

Kathryn Bechen said...

I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT and can't wait to get it in the mail..........:) Cheers! Kathryn

Shabby Cottage Boutique said...

Beautiful thank you for showing your painting process!

Ruth Welter said...

Thank you Brook & Shabby Cottage for your visit.

Kathryn, I'm thrilled you love the tin...it will be on its way to you this week.

Mosaic*Queen said...

Oh My Goodness Ruth!!! You did a FABULOUS JOB!!!! I think you'll do really well with your switch to the shabby chic side! There are lots of gals out there that are in LOVE with pink and shabby chic!
I wish you well my friend!!!!!
Hugs!
Michelle

Diana at Chloe's Chic Boutique said...

Ruth,
The painting is just gorgeous! Katherine is a lucky lady! Do you sell these?

Blessings,
Diana

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Michelle, thanks for your compliments. My upcoming new website will have 4 sections and one of them will be for the shabby chic/romantic home. There I will feature vintage ceiling tins with some lush roses and other florals. I'm so very excited about it, I cannot even tell you.

Hi Diana, thank you, I had just so much fun painting this piece. To answer your question, yes, I am selling them and although I'm probably not listing too many on my website at the moment, as it is in transition to my new site, I am selling tins and I'm currently working on one now as a matter of fact. I also accept custom orders for the tins so if you have something specific in mind, don't hesitate to ask me. If you are interested in pricing and specifics, just send me an e-mail from one of the links on my blog or website and I will be happy to give you specifics on the tins. Thanks for your interest in them.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Beautiful as always!!! Love the painting!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Abby Creek Art said...

You have a WAY with roses, Miss Ruth. Beautiful!

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Good Morning Ruth!
Wow! I love your roses and the process is so inspiring! Thank you for taking the time to document it!
:) Melissa

Catherine Holman said...

Ruth thanks for you sweet comment. I love the step by step on your roses!

the feathered nest said...

Hi Ruth, that tin is just scrumptious! I love those pink roses - it's just beautiful!

Manuela

Ruth Welter said...

Thank you very much ladies, I'm glad you enjoy the roses.

Manuela, I like what you said..they are scrumptious, it makes me think they would have a lovely smell if they were real.

Catherine said...

I love old celing tin, and I love roses...and that is absolutely Gorgeous!! How lucky Kathryn is! I know she adores it! Your creativity blows me away~you are so talented!
Have a wonderful, creative, weekend! :D
Hug's,
Cat

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Ruth, Thanks for the tutorial. Oh how I wish I could paint roses. The tin is beautiful~

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Ruth,
It is gorgeous! Even if I used your tutorial I couldn't make something so beautiful.
Happy weekend,
Melissa

Mark said...

Your painting does what it says on the tin...nice images and I'm sure she will like them.

Lynda said...

Another gorgeous creation, Ruth! I love the tin frame. ~ Lynda xo

Naturegirl said...

The process in getting to your
~pink passion~ amazes me! Your are so gifted I know I always say that but you are!!
I'm having a GIVE-AWAY..do stop by!
hugs NG

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Ladies and Mark...for your visit and compliments.

Greenie Gardens said...

How lovely these tins have been turning out! What a lovely spot of color in this drab winter!