Once the reference shot was resized to best position the berries, it was full steam ahead. That kind of ease beginning to end is less frequent than one might guess. I have more than once put a half-done painting aside for up to a year. Partly that’s to dry the layers so thoroughly that the surface becomes easier to work on if fine work is to come. Sometimes I hit a wall about developing the right background or feel unsettled about an overall palette.
This babe didn’t need a thing and practically painted herself. It helped that each leaf and berry each functioned like an abstract painting, every one lending itself to individual attention. I can’t wait to spend the winter with the cheery presence of “All Things Bright and Beautiful” in our kitchen.
We didn't even eat the subject matter!