After I decided what photo I wanted to use, I cropped it to focus on the area of the rose that I want to paint. This photo represents the exact layout I would like my painting to have. I then sketched the design on an 11 x 14 masonite board that I prepped with gesso.
This photo shows only the very beginning stages of work. I basically sat down last night and decided to lay some color on this board to just get it going. This is the hardest part for me, as I tend to procrastinate and put off starting to paint. Nothing is obviously finished or perfected, it's just the beginning of the project. I just based in some areas of the rose, decided on a background and also, thought I would add a leaf. What I will do in my next step, where I think I would like to pick up, is to finish the background properly, reshape the leaf and then start on the inside of the rose and work my way out. I'm also changing the color as well...the reference photo is of a creme colored rose and I'm making mine pink so, I'll be using some different colors. I'll try to work on this little by little and chip away at it inbetween holiday orders, which are already driving me a bit crazy. So, here we are at the start again, I hope you'll enjoy following along with the process.