The knock-out roses are an eye-catching part of this setting. They make up a very small part of the composition, but are significant because of their color and location around the sign.
My intention is not to depict each individual rose, but to create a symbol for them.
I dropped in water first, then dropped in pigment. This created a looser, less contrived edge.
I was also aware of color variance. From left to right there is a gradation of cool to warm hues and darker to lighter values. Plus, there is a mixture of hard and soft edges. All of these factors add visual interest and symbolize sunlight.
This photo also shows the masking applied earlier. It is acting as a resist saving the white of the paper, as the sign is white. Especially helpful when later rendering the green lawn.