Oil on 7x5 hardboard.
The rose has often been my nemesis. At first sight, so simple and predictable looking. It involves many challenges, not the least of which is the color red. Since red is basically a medium value color it's hard to achieve highlights in red. Cadmium red light has definite orange influence...and it's not very bright as a highlight. You can't add white because you simply produce pink.
So, to make this appear to have highlights, I played it against a super dark background.
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