Later I will show you how to paint a roses but for now it is important to understand exactly how roses are constructed. It seems they have thorns on the stems, five leaves on the shoots and things called sepals and corollas. This sort of information was not graspingly important to me during my younger years when getting a football over a line or a girl into a backseat were more pressing and roses were stolen from a neighbourhood garden to celebrate grandma's infrequent visits. That's when I first discovered the thorns.

Next I found there are two types of roses; the simple and the complicated. Apparently the simple are the early primitive variety with five petals while the complicated are also known as hybrids, which it seems have more colors and mutations than the livestock around Chernoble.

They can also climb, form a bush and grow from a stick in the ground. They are also named after folk I have never heard of.

There are some positives however and the fact that without roses the English language would be devoid of the excitingly beautiful word 'floribunda' ... and 'tea' would be reduced to a mere beverage. In addition it seems some hardy souls have devoted their lives to grafting miles upon miles of thorny stems together as pleasure, rather than the torture it would seem to normal people.

I must say that since I have had bunches of the things in the studio (for painting purposes only) the general aroma of gum spirit and sweat has lessened. For that alone many are greatfull.

GO TO .... how to paint roses

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