This painting has been on my easel since February. I've been messing with it off and on since. If you look at the progress pictures you'll see I was not happy with it for a while.
So, I've been puttering. I added some colored paper, then added some actual petals from the roses.
I had to abandon it for a time while I worked one week, then we went out of town for a week, then it was back to work for a week. By that time the roses were long dead and Darrell had taken the black board I was using in the composition for it's intended purpose. Needless to say, I was working without reference.
This week I got out my pastels and used those - then I sealed the pastels in with matte medium - which changed the colors. But, it added some interesting texture and I found the medium will 'melt' the pastels and you can use them as paint.
So, here it is, finished (or not). This is this year's Valentine's Day Flower painting, as is.
Ten roses - ten years.