After a lot of work and many, many more dots layered on top of the original dots I think the rose looks redder. I’ve never tried to do an all red subject before, and it is a challenge. Mixing white with red makes pink. I’ve mixed red, violet, orange, and white and still get pink. Making Magenta lighter in value is tough. I think I should have started with larger areas of Deep Scarlet, Burnt Sienna, or Alizarin mixed with the compliment in the darkest spaces and then I could have worked up to using only pure Rose Madder in the highlights. The overall color is still pinker than I visualized, but I’m going to leave it this way because it works fine for this painting. I’ll try a deeper crimson colored flower another time. Lesson learned. My next step is to finalize the details.
Gail Niebrugge, rose artwork