After about 6 months of not painting, I finally picked up a brush last week and began working on a floral piece. It started out as a challenge from one of my painter friends. Florals are not a subject that I usually paint. We took pictures of a flowering crab apple tree and were both going to paint using the same reference photo and see what each of our interpretations would be. My work is much different than hers, and this project helped get me out of my painting rut. It felt good to get a brush back in my hands. Painting is very relaxing for me and helps me get to know myself. Here is first glimpse of my crab apple tree, using only about 3 colors and water soluble oils still not sure if I like them..... I miss the smell of turpentine.