Spray of Wild Roses, watercolor by Angela Fehr https://angelafehr.com

It’s wild rose season, and the air is full of their fragrance. I almost feel silly painting wild roses; they are so ubiquitous and symbolic of our region that I feel like they’ve been done to death. But when you’re inspired, you have to go with it, and I realized recently that I really only have completed two wild rose paintings. So I pulled out a sheet of watercolour paper and channeled my inner rose.

Spray of Wild Roses, watercolor by Angela Fehr https://angelafehr.com

I have studied roses extensively for many years and so I didn’t use a reference photo, I just started painting, studying the roses at the roadside during my morning run. The benefit from studying roses live in person is that you can see the context; their environment, their scent, the bugs and the feel of the sun and wind. It makes for a more well-rounded painting, capturing more of the “essence” of the painting subject.

Spray of Wild Roses, watercolor by Angela Fehr https://angelafehr.com

Painting loosely means I also get to use the best characteristics of watercolour to my advantage. I love playing with granulating colours – that’s how I get the texture of granules of different colours side by side. These colours are mixed with a wet brush, and then as they dry, they separate. It’s stunning and always unique.

Spray of Wild Roses, watercolor by Angela Fehr https://angelafehr.com

I’ve been teasing you with detail shots, because there are so many beautiful details in this painting, you have to see it to appreciate it. Here’s a look at the full painting:

Spray of Wild Roses | watercolour by Angela Fehr https://angelafehr.com

“Spray of Wild Roses” measures 14″ x 18″ (36 x 56 cm) and is available for purchase here.