Rose in Winter Watercolor and Gauche on matte mixed media paper.
Here is the rose I have been working on. The first close up of a bloom I have done in a long time. It is my favorite rose and I have been craving its scent. With any luck, I will be able to track down this antique variety and add it to my garden this summer. I especially love quarter blossoming roses and this one is very low maintenance. I will be missing toiling in the soil until the weather is warm again, till then I guess I can paint the flowers.
I tried painting on a new surface, a paper that was not made for watercolor and very smooth. I am going to have to play with the paper some more and see if it handles layers of translucent pigment as well as the opaqueness of white gauche. The only drawback to the gauche with such layering is it did not dissolve and reshape with later layers as well as I would like.