This one was rather challenging to paint - usually I can just add white to lighten a colour but I couldn't do that this time as white turns the red to pink. I used yellow and a bit of white to lighten the red. I found it easier to work from a black and white reference photo which I have never done before for a painting - it was easier to determine the tonal variations using the black and white copy. Also, it was easier just to paint one petal at a time - was to confusing otherwise. I am really pleased how it turned out in the end.
Red Rose measures 6 x 6 inches and is painting on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.
Many thanks to KJ Sieloff for the reference photo.