At that time, I had no idea what to do with the result! After much thought and contemplation, and a great suggestion from Rhonda of how ginkgo leaves might 'fit', I drew in lots of ginkgo leaves and berries. I had planned on doing them all in negative painting but once started, quickly changed that to a few in negative painting with the rest done positively. Ann asked if I saw anything in the design I wanted to enhance and I worked with that question in mind.
In the upper right corner I could plainly "see" this little fetal warrior. Every time I looked at the painting, I would see him, complete with a tiny little spear in his hand. I kept him in the finished painting 'cause he was so cute.
I won't go into detail about what I originally kept 'seeing' (the warrior along with a birth canal and two fallopian tubes) but I will say that I was starting to seriously worry about my warped imagination!
So, here's the finished painting that I plan on entering to the magazine:
When I posted the almost final version to Ann and Rhonda, Ann asked what I was thinking as I painted it. (Ann knows the perfect questions to ask to get you to think about your painting!) My answer was this: "Hmm, that's a good question - what am I thinking about when I paint it...... Mostly I guess I'm thinking about getting a mass of gingko leaves in there. I'm looking at the shapes and searching for spaces that would accomodate a leaf. I'm thinking of how I love the colours that show up in the leaves through the green paint. I'm thinking that I'd like to put darker greens for the leaves but I don't want to lose those colours showing through. I'm thinking that it might not make any sense to anyone but it's been one heck of a lot of fun doing it because I didn't really care if it was a mess. I'm thinking of HOW could I make it make some sense. I'm thinking that that fetal warrior is becoming like a little friend and I'm creating a forest world for him but that I 'd better not mention that fact to anyone or they'll think I've really 'lost it'. ROTFLOL. I also keep wondering how I'll get those teabag spots to look more like stepping stones. Whew! that's a lot of thinking while painting, isn't it?"