Ugh, ended up being sick for 5 weeks, getting very behind in my painting and very very grumpy. But back into now, lost my thread and taken two weeks to find it again. Now at the remembering, re-evaluating and making resolutions about how to go forward, stage. To get there has meant a lot of floundering around but cleared the way for next steps. Therefore most of the work below has been an explorative process and has not survived. I saw the show as being predominantly red, but now have introduced gold and pink, so quite a romantic look, and regretting I didn't use warmer tones as under-painting. I remember then that I have thought this before (annoying to not remember that in the first place) and this means I will need to rework some of it. Next post will show the work that survived from the carnage below. I seem to be working in 2 directions - more botanical forms versus more abstract and need to synthesise these 2 looks, crossover between the forms. Running out of time, only a month to go, so will be working 7 days a week.
P.S. Click on small image for a closer look.