I’ve been playing around with a few different kinds of flowers as subjects. Flowers can be very difficult subjects. There is lots of transparency and reflected color within the petals. White roses simplify these effects in some ways. This is always a tough subject, so I started this painting with the goal of keeping things simple and just finding the bigger relationship of color. Then I fought really hard to hold myself back and only clarify and add detail where I thought it was absolutely necessary. This is always my goal, but with this one I was more willing to listen to my nagging voice. I let more of the freshness stay through to the end of the painting.