I "finished" this piece earlier this evening and thought I'd share. I may yet add a few little things here and there, such as a few more leaves drifting downward on the left side and/or a few more reeds growing up around the rose on the right side.
There were no specific metaphors of any kind floating through my brain while working on this, just feelings. But if you're interested in sharing what you get from the painting then be my guest, I would love to hear what everyone thinks.
Also, I'm at a loss here. I can't really find a fitting name for this piece so if you'd like to throw some suggestions out there it'd be much appreciated.