The new section is pretty sketchy because I obsessively worked over the veronica incana (the blue spikey flowers) for too long this morning. They seemed so darned mealy-mouthed. Do working and reworking HELP mealy-mouthedness? No, they do not. They make it worse. A word to the wise. Then I obsessed about the flatness of the stems and leaves of the alliums (those big purple globular flowers). I thought and thought. Then I decided to think about the problem another time. I started the next area, which will be geums and yucca plants. The geums are going to be fun. The apricoty orange will lead us back to the poppies and, someday across the room to the future kniphofia 'apricot glow." I turned my attention to the yucca and painted those plants with a leaden heart. Big dark green spears. wow. But then I outlined them in yellow, which made them pop and gave me the same feeling that framing something does. You think " wow, what a professional-looking painting! Only this time, it was "wow, what professional- looking dark green spears!"
I had to stop at lunch because I'm going to the doc, but my client came by as I was packing up and she was so excited about the whole thing, that I got really excited, too. Yucca happens, but there are compensations.