Finally completed. This photo actually shows a bit lighter than the painting - but you get the idea. This painting took a lot of discipline to stay with it just by virtue of it's size - full sheet (30" x 22") and the amount of detail. Peonies and roses are tricky to draw out and require a lot of patience both drawing and in painting. They are layer after layer of petals that are often not intuitively shaped or shaded. I worked from a few reference photos for this - one for the jar, one for the petals on the concrete bench and I combined two for the flowers.
Now I am on to a few poured paintings to loosen up - one of my favourite subjects - Mussel shells!