First up is a full blooming carnation which survives in glorious effusuion while all the other flowers in the bouquet, particularly the roses, are wilting and going brown:
Acrylics on paper, 30x40cm: "Bleeding Carnation"; This flower is so deep and powerful I felt my response had to be equally strong, so it had to be acrylics used very loosely and expressively to say how I felt about it.
Pleased, but somehow not quite there yet. Go deeper:
Working in the studio is fine when the rain is battering down outside but when the sun bursts out I grab what I think is necessary for an outdoor session - sketching easel, pot of water, tin palette with some freshly squeezed acrylic colour, A2 plywood board with a sheet of heavy cartridge paper, and my trusty Chinese caligraphy squirrel brush (large). These Shasta Daisies are constantly catching my attention as the grow at warp speed and reach for the sky: