This sweet girl has been sold and is moving to her new home soon. I loved every minute of painting her, she will be missed! I always try and take progress photos during different stages in my art. I was happy to find these photos of the early layers as I started this painting last year, but really got working on it through our shelter-in-place.
There was a small request from my art collector that turned out to be exactly what this painting needed (thank you Universe!). For the longest time I had the bouquet of flowers in her arms with an area of green leaves that I felt were missing something but I couldn’t figure out what that was. In fact, these were leaves that I don’t usually paint, the shape was new for me. The request was whether I could add an additional flower, Lily of the Valley - and it could be small, just tucked in somewhere. Of course I was more than happy to do this. So when I researched the flower and saw photos I was blown away that the leaves of this flower were the same as what I painted! Goosies! Painting in the Lily of the Valley is just what this painting needed. I love how everything works out like this.
Here is the finished piece - I love how you can see all the textures in the layers.