Because I am named 'Rose', my family and loved ones are very consistent about sending me roses for every celebration. I cannot grow the darn things, so this is usually the only way I see them...with baby's breath, and ribbons. I was excited to visit a friend recently who actually does grow the darn things (I find them difficult, prone to aphids and their thorns hide and bite unexpectedly...not at ALL like me, I am sure.) I loved drawing the buds and the leaves! So much fun, and the lines were exciting. The rose is soft petaled, so I added grey brushwork to give it a touchable look, and I left the abstract leaves and buds for interest. Hope you like it. I am planning a small painting with similar features, though I haven't decided what colors yet. Any suggestions?