Sure, I saw these beautiful flowers during a recent garden tour. But I didn't really think a whole lot about them. Until I got home and was looking through my photos for source and reference materials. How could I have missed them? I wish I had taken dozens of photos, done a few sketches, really drilled down and studied them.
Instead, I did that back in the studio. After painting them, I feel like I understand a bit more about these luscious vines/bushes. Enough to make me want to find out the name of it, to begin with.
It's always that way after painting a subject- you look with the intention of seeing and you bring away a knowledge that otherwise just goes by. Which makes me all sorts of curious about portrait painting. How much more does an artist know about a person after painting them? What an opportunity to really look at someone, to study them and come away with a deeper understanding of who they are. Best to save that for after the 30 Day Challenge.