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I love the story of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, patron saint of bakers, whose bread miraculously turned into roses… so this week the kindhearted Elizabeth showed up in my newest botanical notebook painting. First came the red rose, in gouache and colored pencil, then a sidebar sketch and Elizabeth in black-and-white pencils. Finally, I painted some assorted rose petals down the right side¬†(alas, watercolor has no wonderful rose aroma) and added¬†the handwritten story. Here’s the finished artwork, though the photo has made the warm brown BFK Rives paper look a bit gray:

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