This is a tentative finish as the central picture is not done. Once it is done, I can readjust all three paintings to work together. The cymbidium has petals that are thick and waxy, with a light edge. The light edge made it more difficult to integrate the flower into it's blue, green background. The idea is to work the background colors into the flower. I used sky blue light and a touch of indigo to do this, blurring the edge in places between flower and background. This of course helps to decrease the pasted on look.
Perseverance...to persist in a task despite obstacles. This was a lesson in perseverance. I really didn't like the initial drawing and that feeling persisted throughout the painting. Do I like It ? I think that question will be answered in a year or two when I can separate myself from the work. Was I glad I completed it? Definitely YES. If I hadn't finished... it would have been an empty experience, but it was instead filled with challenges, risen to and solved. This speaks of the journey, not always easy, but always interesting.