I decided to do a floral painting, as I had not painted flowers in a long time and I wanted to do more still life paintings. This is “A Rose For The Little Lady”, an 11 x 14 pastel painting on sanded paper painted from life. Actually, the lady bug was not planned. I added it because I thought the picture needed some red to balance the overall color scheme. That gave me the idea for the title.

Although a simple composition, the background gave me the most trouble. I struggled with how dark to make it and what colors to use. Finally I decided to use the complement to the yellow rose, which is violet, in a cool dark background. Still using my favorite gray driftwood as the surface, which I hope to incorporate into more still life paintings.

Your comments and constructive criticism are always welcome. Fine art prints of this image are available through Fine Art America.