Fantasy oil painting “Ash roses”

Fantasy oil painting “Ash roses” ©YueZeng

Initial thought

In reality flower is delicate. Flower shouldn’t be in extreme temperature. So I want to paint some “non-realistic” flowers. Among all flowers, rose is popular and easy to recognize. As to the extreme temperature, well, the concept of frozen rose is not uncommon. I remember the game I used to play when I was a teenager had this item called “frozen rose”. Therefore I am looking for the opposite direction. How about fire and burning? Although the concept of burning rose or rose with fire or flame is not uncommon neither, I haven’t found one picture that the rose is actually generating heat by itself. The rose is covered by fire or flame but it is still a regular rose. The rose that I have imagined should burn by itself like a coal. The core of the flower has the highest temperature, the outside petals are gradually cooling down and the edges are burnt ash.

Digital sketch

I started this sketch in November last year. Thanks to the painting experience of “Hot blue coal”, I was able to give the regular rose a burning look as coal. The stem and leaves are simple gray because I want the follower to be the focal point.

Digital sketch of oil painting “Ash roses”


Well, I don’t think the ash roses can last long. Once it turns to ash completely it is gone. But imagine that you found this flower at a dark, cold and damp night where you had no matches or lighter to set up a campfire. It would be interesting~ 😀

Emmm……maybe they are not good in drought. 😂

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.