The Art of the Rose

I remember a day when trying to paint a rose would make me swear, break a paintbrush and open a bottle of wine. The amount of frustration I’d feel would make me want to give up and avoid them forever!

An original oil painting of a still life titled Pink Rose by Kelli Folsom
Pink Rose
6″ x 6″, Oil on panel
From day 27 of the #stradaeasel challenge

Often times I would avoid them for a while to lick my wounds and go back to something easier. Eventually, I’d circle back around and get up the courage to TRY AGAIN.

One of my Vital Art Sessions members Pam shared this quote with our group: “You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.” – Yoda

Boy, isn’t that the truth!
I know I’ve repeated that cycle with painting roses so many times until finally one day I painted a rose that wasn’t so bad. Then I really had some steam in my breeches to keep trying!

Now I find painting them to be a joyful experience, but that would have never happened if I didn’t keep trying. Whatever you’re struggling with I encourage you to kick, scream, cry and even quit for a while BUT then TRY AGAIN.

“Have you ever loved a rose, and watched her slowly bloom;

as her petals would unfold, you grew drunk on her perfume.”

– Lang Leav

Love in Light, Kelli

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