At one point I took the flower out and made it a graphic all on its own. I used it to make a hand-me-down blue striped t-shirt a little more "girly" for Emily - then she outgrew it, and now that shirt is part of the scarf I made from both my kids' outgrown clothes.
I've moved... either four or five times since I made that sketch, and I have kept it with me all that time. Finally about three months ago, I had the image printed up and used a projector to trace it onto a canvas. Then the work began...
2016, acrylic on canvas
I've learned a lot throughout this process. My painting style is light-to-dark. I paint the whole canvas in washed-out colors, then I add more color and depth and intensity as I go. I love bright, intense colors, but I always have to push myself to use more color, because I want to be careful not to lose the transparency of the paints. This time, I used layers and layers and layers of color, and one of the last steps was to add highlights with white paint - something I hardly ever use. I am VERY happy with the depth of color, as well as the level of contrast, that I achieved. This is officially my new favorite painting!