I turned the roses red and added lots of new en grisaille flowers to the painting. On the right, mingled with the roses, a laurel, used by the Greeks and Romans to celebrate victory. Above the roses a spread of tiny forget-me-nots, for remembrance. Behind the traveler I added some Opium poppies that will go a rich red, obviously for forgetfulness and dreaming, then some California poppies for sleep (they’ll be orange).

The painting is beginning to feel quite rich. There’s plenty of imagery to see, lots of detail. I almost forgot to mention that I also added a moth and a ladybird amongst the leaves, but I leave it to you to find them when you see the painting.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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