...the ultimate test, for me, in the understanding of bending, twirling and complex forms. Over the years, I have come to discover what I DO NOT like in floral works: vases of all kinds (they steal the power); symmetry; perfection; and wall to wall paint. Therefore, I have come to prefer vignettes, spontaneity, pathways of light (mostly) and pathways of dark, kept to a minimum. While I am a lover of neutrals, I have to work hard to keep them at bay, so that the mood of the work remains sensual and light...a tall order. I like complete petals as well as some that remain nondescript. I like a bit of a hard line somewhere in the work that opposes the organic nature of the blooms. I am happy with this one. While I did come in for a second pass and some definition, I do think that I stopped in time. I never enjoy it when the watercolor police come knocking at my door for having taken a work too far into reality and, as a result, too far removed from imagination.