I bought a dozen of these yellow roses and kept them in a cool room for a week while I got up my courage to attempt this painting...or rather, the painting I was going to do - four or five roses in a vase, maybe on a white cloth.
However, after long consideration, I decided that this small format was more suited to just one rose. It was a wise choice. The task of capturing this image took me longer than expected. Several of the flowers had to give up their little yellow petaled lives during the process, for which I am grateful. Although I do feel awful about it. The flowers, I mean. Spending their last moments under hot lights without benefit of water...it is a cruel life we lead.