Another practice study of a rose - I was trying to accomplish several things with this little study - find the shapes within the rose - use values to create form - keep some whites - and, try to make it look like it is not pasted over the background with so many hard edges. As you can see - I didn't accomplish all those goals. So I tried again. The painting below has been scrubbed out and repainted so many times. Still I like it better than the first one even though more dark values are needed within the rose to help create better form and transitions from dark to light.