I had the great good fortune to paint with Mary Jo Leisure in Atlanta back in April! It was the first time I was able to get into one of her classes and I jumped at the chance to watch her in action!! Mary Jo is known for her incredibly beautiful paintings and her roses are magical. I must say, I didn't get a lot of painting done that weekend. What I did was watch what she was doing and listening as hard as I could. Watching and having the chance to talk with her and ask questions really helped me understand the structure of her roses. I still need more practice but am really happy with my results so far. I love painting stroke roses and hers are definitely a challenge - and in oils no less.