ruby red.

here's the whole rose showing all it's gloriously rich ruby red hues. the subtle greenery brightened by the orange monarch are such a contrast that the interest is already established for the viewer. the flower and leaf values are separated by a metallic bronze giving you a shiny outline as the light hits it just right. the hint of shadow surrounding the flower gives it just enough dimension to make you wonder if its real or painted. i love to use trompe l'oeil which means fool the eye when painting because it adds an element of surprise and who doesn't love that?

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