The weather is cold at the moment. Although many spring flowers are appearing, the weather has turned again, capricious as ever, stopping them in their tracks. Maybe this is why I am wanting to draw luscious, velvety roses.
Apparently there are 30,000 varieties of Rose in the world and the first one to come to us as a popular variety was Slater's Crimson China. Yep, found in the mountains of China.
I'm going to do some reading. I have found out that a wreath of roses were found in the pyramids and am trying to find exactly where and what. I have also found out that rose fossils have been discovered in America dating back 35 million years.
“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
― Anne Brontë
“If you don't feel the pointed things in life, you'll soon take the soft ones for granted.”
― John Everson,
“Flower is always a flower. No matter the color, size, shape, or aroma. It will always be welcome even with thorns.”
― Maria Goto
A couple of these drawings were done a few years ago, but the majority I made today at the very cold arthouse.