Sunday, November 13, 2011

Learning from Cembranelli


I remember one blogger saying that painting roses is addictive. True! A few days ago I decided to try Fabio Cembranelli's way of painting roses. I cut a discarded painting into four pieces and started my tests on the backs. Then I cut another piece of paper. Then continued on a block. It was hard to stop.
What did I learn? That it is not as simple as Fabio's videos make it seem. I wanted to figure out how he manages to lift color, leaving practically white paper, and giving the flowers this cotton candy soft look. This proved quite difficult. The paint must be exactly the right consistency and wetness, the brush must be absolutely clean and you have to stop yourself from repeating the stroke before cleaning the brush. Yes, masters make the hardest things look easy!
There is also another reason for all these roses. Today is the one year anniversary of my blog. So I devote the roses to all of you, my visitors and blogging friends. Thank you, for your support, encouragement and advices! I feel that I have made much progress over the past year, and a good deal of my motivation comes from you. Thank you!!!

15 comments:

Jane said...

Blaga , the big rose and all the small ones are simply gorgeous!! There is a slight remembrance of Fabios style, but if you didn't say it you wouldn't know you had been 'copying' ! This is the way roses should be painted and you really master it! Wish you a great week.

Judy said...

Happy blog anniversary, Blaga!
The roses are fabulous! It is a difficult technique, I think, but you did very well!

Michael Bailey said...

Happy blogiversary Blaga. I'm no flower painter - I couldn't paint one to save my life LOL - but these are all very beautiful. Superb colour lifting and tones too!

Tito said...

Hi Blaga, your roses are simply fantastic and your technique is absolutely atbhigh level.
Happy blog anniversary! Ciao.

Isabelle said...

joyeux anniversaire à ton blog etfelicitations pour ton travail

Lydie said...

Quel travail ! les progrès sont là. Tes roses sont magnifiques. Bon anniversaire à ton blog, bises.

Blaga said...

Thank you, Jane and Judy! You two have been encouraging me from the very beginning, finding something good to say even about my more unfortunate attempts. Your work has been example for me too (for some of the better pieces :)

Michael, never say never! You already painted your first portrait - Louie's. Maybe some day you'll paint flowers too... Thank you!

Thank you, Tito! You're an expert in painting flowers, so I'm very glad you like these

Isabelle, Lydie, merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires si positifs! Et pour encourager mes tentatives artistiques au cours des mois!

AK said...

Fabio is an amazing artist. We all would love to paint like him. Your work is great. Congrats on completing one year here.

AtelierBrigitte said...

Congrats on your blog-aniversary.
And I love the roses - you must have painted a whole garden.

jane minter said...

beautiful collection of rose paintings inspired by fabio blaga ..happy 1st blog anniversary :)

Olivia said...

Blaga,your roses are very beautiful . I totally agree with you about Fabio's work ! Happy birthday and bises.

Blaga said...

Asit, Brigitte, Jane, Olivia, thank you all for the very nice words!

Elvi said...

Bellissime queste rose. Hai fatto veramente tanti progressi. Sei diventata proprio brava. Elvi

Floriana Quaini said...

Ciao Blaga, anch'io sono stata e sono una patita di Cembranelli:ottiene delle sfunatura e degli effetti proprio belli... tu però sei proprio sulla buona strada, anzi Cembranelli è un po' ripetitivo e tu puoi elaborare ulteriormente, visti questi lavori...
Ciao, ciao, Floiana

Yves said...

Alors bon anniversaire et très bonne continuation, tes dernières réalisations sont superbes.