A Prickly Subject

I decided to have a go at painting an impressionistic thistle in a really basic line-and-wash style – I wondered whether having a clearly visible outline showing through might help me deal more easily with the prickly subject of deliberately letting my paint flow beyond the lines, to try to give a bit more life and movement to my overall painting?

It’s not perfect but I think it worked surprisingly well for a first attempt, I quite like the effect – the simplistic, stylised design offered itself up quite comfortably to a looser style of filling in the page with colour, so I might try that approach again with other flowers? 🙂

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