The photograph this painting is based on was taken at the waterfront in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, back in the days when we were mere sharing a few mutual friends, rather than the things listed above. I was struck by the contrast of the grays, browns and various neutral tones with the bright pink of the flower's petals.
This is what I refer to as a 'rough start'. I got started on it sometime in 2011 and lost interest about halfway through. I didn't end up coming back to it until May 2013, at the boy's suggestion. Part of the issue I had originally was the result of not knowing how to make the lines of the fencing not only straight, but narrow enough (A ruler? What's that?).
I ended up masking off areas to make the lines more crisp and straight, and I think it worked well enough.