So, I worked from an overblown rose that I could reach. I don't know what kind it is, they are pretty but not a beautiful shape.
overblown rose in coloured pencil copyright Vivien Blackburn
It was difficult to scan - I find coloured pencil on certain papers with the paper shining through are very very difficult to scan. It glows more than this but I'm not very happy with it.
I played with the sketch in photoshop and like the simplified version much better and I've been able to make the colours glow a bit more like the original. I may work from this in oils on canvas or in pastel.
overblown rose, digitally altered, copyright Vivien Blackburn
I find the computer really useful to sort out ideas for paintings - an easy way to adjust colour, try out crops and think things through before starting another work.
you can see more flowers here http://www.vivienblackburn.com/flowers.html
I haven't forgotten the canal series - or the large tree/rocks/snow - or the seascapes - I just get sidetracked easily :)