Gladiolus - student project

I'll be honest with you: I've struggled with this project. A lot. In fact, this is my third attempt and I still don't like it. Which is funny because my sketch looks great, haha. I really took my time this time around and concentrated on creating the petals but as soon as the main flower was finished - boom, it all turned into a mess again. I left the background unfinished on purpose in this painting. At least I am getting better at using the different techniques to create petals.Gladiolus - image 1 - student project