Make another on the left side of the bud. and a third, joining the two petals you've just made.
You can see in the picture just above, how my petals are not perfect and evenly matched. That's part of the beauty. But you also see some messiness and sloppiness in the center there. Now worries - our next strokes will cover all that.
To finish off your rose, we make a couple of short, sweeping, cup-shaped strokes (a quick down-over-up stroke) leading with the dark color and dragging the white, back and forth across that bare middle section at the base of the bud. And there you have it! Step back and enjoy the beauty you have just created.
From experience, I can tell you, most any rose I have painted and not been happy with, has become gorgeous if I leave it and come back the next day. I'm super-critical of myself to start, and giving it time and space gives me better perspective. Now, how do you improve upon what you've just done? Practice, practice, practice - not only does that get you to Carnegie Hall, but it will bring you amazing Classic One Stroke Roses, as well.
It was quite fun working this flower step-by-step for you, and I just couldn't stop. I went on painting until the paint on my palette was dried up. Probably a dozen roses worth. In my next post I'll show you what I'm doing with them all.
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