Study For Discarded Roses 9x12 oil
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In February I completed a commissioned master copy of Renoir's "Discarded Roses." The painting pictured here is a small study done in advance of the larger painting, 16x20 (below). This preliminary study allowed me to work out design and shapes, but most importantly color. I researched Renoir's palette, which turned out to be quite different from mine. It included lots of Viridian and Naples Yellow, both of which I generally avoid. I had to ignore my own color harmony sensibilities. I took a few subtle liberties with flower shapes. The collector was very happy with the finished painting.