I'm grateful my neighbors grow beautiful flowers in their yards. I'm always looking for floral subjects to paint. Cerise was inspired by a big oleander shrub about two blocks from my house. The big red flowers were bursting with color and vibrancy.
I took a few reference photos. When I got home I studied the composition and sketched the layout. I transferred that layout to my canvas. I spent quality time with my color wheel deciding which colors I wanted to use. Then the painting began.