5x5 inches, acrylic on canvas
Here is my entry for the April Virtual Sketch Date challenge http://virtualsketchdate.blogspot.com/. I thought about trying one more collage, but had had the urge to paint. My first thought was to try the oils I bought but have not used, but I wanted to get this done and dry quickly. A few months ago I bought little five inch square canvases to try, so one was enlisted for this project.
The original photograph of this rhododendron bud was provided by Jeanette Jobson. I cropped it and tried to simplify the image. My colors are a bit darker and more intense than the original, and I was doing some guessing because I don't have rhododendrons in my yard. I don't know this flower very well, and people who do may notice things that aren't quite right. Still, it was fun to paint, especially since it's Earth Day.
I enjoy doing these challenges because they persuade me to paint or sketch subjects I might not ordinarily try, and there is a time limit, so I can't procrastinate. I also really enjoy looking at other artists' responses.