The black background has been bothering me because it looks so dead and flat; I'd seen another artist deal with a similar background area using a dark bluish grey, so I thought I'd try that. But in the reference photo there's a strong demarcation between the lighter leaves and the shadows on the right side, so I tried the darkest greens I could mix in those places. I'm not sure it's completely successful; I think the leaves need to go significantly lighter. But it's coming along.
Somerville Roses, © 2022, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Looking forward to getting the background resolved so I can play with the color of the roses— they look pasted on to me.