The challenge was to paint straight onto the paper with no preparatory pencil marks. Holy cow! Was I crazy? I was inspired by the wonderfully loose watercolour paintings of Jean Haines, but I discovered that I am way too detail orientated to achieve that style on the first try. My brain hurt after several hours of intense painting. All those negative shapes between the stems of the florets really challenged my hand-eye coordination and it was a relief to finally put down the brushes.
I have a tumbleweed at home – just waiting for my next bout of masochism.