The Last Rose


The Last Rose. 5×9 wc Arches 140 lb cold pressed

From a pic I took this fall after a frost. It was the last rose on the bush.  

I’m still finding my way when it comes to flowers but the Rose pigment was a joy to paint with, along with the Ultramarine Blue worked into the shadow. However, it was the Mayan Dark Blue laid down over a combination of greens in the background that brought the painting to life. 

Ironic to describe something so close to death as bringing it to life; a touch of breath would have released the last heavy petals to the garden bed. It’s very difficult to do these things justice.


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