I’ve deepened the shadows, put in the wall battens and scumbled the backround with a slightly lighter and warmer grey to try give it a sort of vibrancy. It was rather flat and dull before. This is something that my friend David does extremely effectively – and I have one of his paintings to inspire me; only he does layer after layer until a rich texture of subtle difference “hums” off the surface. I put in the battens partly because they were there; partly because I felt that they would provide a foil to the organic shapes.
Since starting this the camelia has taken sick, the leaves have gone pale yellow and the blooms turned a pale pink/brown. I’m glad I got to it when I did. I think I’ve finished on the basis that I don’t know what to do next. Any ideas?