And so, countless hours, untold amounts of staring and figuring and color balancing... I think this painting is finally done!
I knew today that it was in my reach to finish this piece. I hunkered down at 8am and just finished it at 7pm.
I spent a lot of time deleloping the foliage. After I thought I was all done - I looked at it with squinty eyes and realized that I had to deepen the colors of the leaves. I went back in with a wash of terre vert (a blueish green) and intensified the leaves. And then once again thought I was finished.
Then I looked at it again with squinty eyes. Saw a number of the rose petal has to be deepened and some of them needed a boost of personality (more colors).
I looked at it again and thought I was finsihed. Then I realised the tiny fly had no legs or antennae.
I fixed up the bug and hung the painting on my fridge - yes my fridge. And am determined no more squinty eyes.
I am declaring this painting finsihed. At least until tomorrow when I look at it with fresh eyes.