This painting has taken on and off a couple of months time to finish, mostly because every time I am ready to take it off the drawing board and place it into a mat, something suddenly jumps at me and demands further modification. I have (since the last update) toned the upper right corner down with two layers of washes in yellow-green, to harmonize it with the rest of the painting. Several shadow shapes in the center of the flower had their value and gradation adjusted to punch up the light shapes beside them, and two attempts of wet-in-wet was carried out on the dark shape on the left of the flower stem. Overall, these a cosmetic changes, but I do think they are important in letting what's suppose to catch the viewer's attention -- the peppermint rose flower -- stand out more, and integrate the entire painting.
Now I am ready to call it quits. I am more than happy with the final result -- it has been a long struggle from the very start, but it is the ones that you struggle with makes you grow!
Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico 140# Cold Press Paper, 8"h x 8"w, 2012 #36