How do you decide which reference photo is just right?
This is a question I asked on the post from August 28th. I finally chose this one. I chose it because I thought the sunflower in the background showed that there was more to the scene. I also loved the angle of the sunflower. It showed the three-dimensional parts of the sunflower's center. There was also something graceful about the leaves that I loved. And finally, not seeing the full face of the sunflower allowed the butterfly to be the star of the show.
So, I began painting right away. Then I got distracted... by the beginning of school... by a commissioned piece, I Am the Legacy... by a really good book, The Help... by a challenge painting for RookiePainter... a Christmas painting of the same little boy from Little Boy in a Big Fedora... more school work... and all the time this painting sat half finished on my cedar chest showing a lovely background, some stems and leaves and half a butterfly. It is very hard to go back to finish a painting after a time. But, I finally did. And I'm glad I did.\