There's a phrase 'It never gets easier, you just get better'. This definitely applies to painting and, after a week's break, I'm not convinced about the better. This is a small 5x7 which is much smaller than I'm used to and you'd think would be easier. However smaller has it's own challenges. Less room for mistakes for one. Each mark *really* has to count and stands out if it doesn't.
It was interesting doing the close crop and filling in the whole space for once. I'm keen on leaving quite a lot of white space around subjects so this was a departure. It was quite liberating. The background became more abstract (even though it's obviously stalks and leaves and things) and provided a contrast to bring the flowers into relief.
So as usual it was a struggle but a worthwhile struggle. I like this very much and will likely do some more.