To Paint a Rose

June 21, 2013

Caribbean grandiflora

Caribbean grandiflora

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.”
— Henri Matisse

June is the month of roses, and in celebration of the first day of summer, this post takes you to the Woodland Park Rose Garden in Seattle.  It is a colorful oasis in the city.   Entry to the garden is free, so I’m always surprised to see so few visitors there.

Woodland Park Rose Garden, Seattle

Woodland Park Rose Garden, Seattle

Long view across the garden

Long view across the garden

Diana Princess of Wales hybrid tea roses

Diana Princess of Wales hybrid tea roses

Roses in Woodland Park

Roses in Woodland Park

At the Woodland Park Rose Garden

At the Woodland Park Rose Garden

Sweetness grandiflora

Sweetness grandiflora

Caribbean grandiflora

Caribbean grandiflora

Neptune hybrid tea roses

Neptune hybrid tea roses

Day Breaker floribunda

Day Breaker floribunda

Time to play with my camera's kaleidoscope effect

Time to play with my camera’s kaleidoscope effect

And tunnel effect

And tunnel effect

Watercolor sketch of Caribbean Grandiflora rose

Watercolor sketch of Caribbean Grandiflora rose