The gift of a rose complimented by a wash of sunshine. I wanted to make this a bright and sharp painting, right down to the deep shadows up the wall. The composition was planned to be unusual to feature the balance of the solid rose and vase and the stretching lightness of the baby’s breath and shadows. I’m quite pleased with this one because it was a challenge in many ways: I had a definite vision; I’m not great with florals; I was changing composition; I was painting so many textures. Also, I was on a deadline. Of course.