Maggie is a friend of a friend, and the day they first came to my house, she brought this great bouquet of 19 roses. I gave it back to her in permanent form through this picture, which I titled "20 Roses" (get it?).
Technical notes: The original is a badly lit snapshot (on-camera flash) that was hastily composed and shot during a party. I wanted this one to look like an oil painting. So first I cropped the picture and removed the distracting background. I adjusted color and brightness, and applied a light watercolor filter. Then came the hard part: using the smudge tool (and some burning and dodging) I simulated brushwork, much as I used to do when I manipulated Polaroids. This is especially apparent on the face, but I also did it extensively to the flowers. I textured the background, ran one more light watercolor filter, and was done.
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