Saturday, April 23, 2016

Rookwood Pottery with Roses

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The vase in this painting is signed on the bottom with the distinctive mark of the Rookwood pottery company. I inherited it from my mother who inherited it from her mother. The color is a bit more muted on the actual vase but I took some artistic license with it. The roses are three different varieties of knock-outs from my garden. I don't have much of a green thumb but I love roses and gardenias and while I have killed many a bush, a few have survived despite my lack of talent for growing things.

The "art" of painting roses: This is my third attempt at painting roses and it is fascinating and difficult. They are such intricate flowers that it will probably take me a lifetime to master the technique.

FYI: Cats love to behead flowers and so I rarely can keep cut flowers in the house. Usually I find a pile of petals on the floor or table and no sign of the criminals. Fortunately, roses are one of the few flowers safe for cats to eat.

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