9.5×12.5 pastel enhanced watercolor on a heavy, textured watercolor paper (regretably, I don’t remember the manufacturer) that was quartered. Original available.

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A rose is a flowering shrub of the genus Rosa, and the flower of this shrub. There are more than a hundred species of wild roses, all from the northern hemisphere and mostly from temperate regions. The species form a group of generally prickly shrubs or climbers, and sometimes trailing plants, reaching 2–5 metres tall, occasionally reaching as high as 20 metres by climbing over other plants.

The name originates from Latin rosa, borrowed through Oscan from colonial Greek in southern Italy: rhodon (Aeolic form: wrodon), from Aramaic wurrdā, from Assyrian wurtinnu, from Old Iranian *warda (cf. Armenian vard, Avestan warda, Sogdian ward, Parthian wâr).

Rose hips are sometimes eaten, mainly for their vitamin C content. They are usually pressed and filtered to make rose hip syrup, as the fine hairs surrounding the seeds are unpleasant to eat (resembling itching powder). They can also be used to make herbal tea, jam, jelly and marmalade. A rose that has aged or gone rotten may not be particularly fragrant, but the rose’s basic chemistry prevents it from producing a pungent odor of any kind. Notably, when balled and mashed together the fragrance of the rose is enhanced. The fragrance of particularly large balls of mashed roses is enhanced even further. Rose hips are also used to produce an oil used in skin products. Rose shrubs are often used by homeowners and landscape architects for home security purposes. The sharp thorns of many rose species deter unauthorized persons from entering private properties, and may prevent break-ins if planted under windows and near drainpipes. The aesthetic characteristics of rose shrubs, in conjunction with their home security qualities, makes them a considerable alternative to artificial fences and walls. (information from Wikipedia)

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  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Another beauty Barb……

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    just gorgeous

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 6 years ago

    The soft tones you employed in this work make it a winner.

  • Trevor  Herbert
    Trevor Herbertover 6 years ago

    love this great work

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    Beautiful piece of art Barb

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 6 years ago

    Excellent pastelwork.

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 6 years ago

    soft and silky, so beautiful

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautover 6 years ago

    Oh this is lovely! Your shading is perfection as it blends seamlessly into this fragile and beautiful composition.

  • fdgl65
    fdgl65over 6 years ago

    beautiful work :)

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxover 6 years ago

    I just love this.. Unique and like it was hand painted,…

  • But it is hand done..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

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