Let me begin by apologizing for the photo. It seems that I have only had time to shoot this piece when it has been raining and so I only have a mediocre photo to show.
I started this painting earlier this year. The reference photo was taken in the summer of 2008. The vase and roses are my Mothers. The roses now grow in my own yard but the bush came from one she planted more than 40 years ago. When she sold her home and moved to a condo I had to have a start and these are the 1st roses from that bush.
I am really loosening up with my drawing. If you remember a few months ago I had a shot of this vase on the drawing board. Well, I put away my trusty ruler and started the drawing over. The roses were already drawn on a separate sheet of paper but I started the vase over completely.
One thing I have learned is that I enjoy my end result much more if I jump in and draw it instead of trying for technical perfection. I think the Friday blind contour drawing has had a lot to do with that. I stressed and stressed over getting all the different areas in the vase just right and I wasn't enjoying the process. I finally decided to just do it and I am enjoying this much more.