Hand-painted Rose Box
This hand-painted oval box was created as a Christmas
gift for a couple whose longstanding pastime is the cultivation
of rose gardens on their property. The drawing is based upon a digital
photo I shot at an earlier date.
The first step in this design process was to prep
the inside and outside of the balsa wood box by sanding it to a
smooth finish, sealing it to prevent excessive paint absorption,
and lightly sanding it once more to ensure even adhesion of the
acrylic paints. Next, the rose and rose leaves were sketched onto
paper and transferred onto the box with a stylus and carbon paper.
At completion, it was coated inside and out with a water-based,
non-toxic acrylic varnish to protect the paint and provide a pleasing
sheen. This process is important because many store-bought decorative
wood items are not properly prepped and finished for maximum longevity.
The semi-translucent, multi-tonal color bright
pinks, salmons, yellows and lilacs are suggestive of a variety
of rose species, and stand as a form of creative license
over the coral color captured in the original photograph, below.
In addition, this particular blend of colors permits the rose to
appear in the eye of the beholder as opposed to any
one identifiable variety. Painted in acrylic on balsa wood using
mauve, burgundy and teal-green hues as a backdrop, the brightly
defined rose petals allude to femininity, strength of character
and the captivating beauty of a sunrise. The petals strong
three-dimensionality is a purposeful departure from the tradition
of artists, particularly in the folk art realm, to depict roses
using single brushstrokes to create light, wispy, ethereal representations
of great beauty but little substance.
By portraying the rose in a decisive, vibrant manner,
my aim was to spotlight the enduring nature of the couple's
interest in the flower over the decades.
This is the photograph upon which the decorative
rose box, above, is based.