A few weeks ago I challenged Meriel to paint larger and to paint directly, without drawing her subject in first. 

As I've mentioned in previous posts, Meriel lost most of the sight in one of her eyes a few years ago. She loved the experience of painting so much that after an initial stage of discouragement, she adapted to a looser approach and hasn't looked back since. 

For this painting I lent her my large watercolour block (12"x16") and off she went. She painted the flower head first, and came back a week later to add the leaves and stem. The resulting painting, a class favorite, is as light and airy as the flower supported by some dark, anchoring leaves. 

She has since purchased a larger block of her own and is painting in her local community garden space. I'll be posting some of those in the near future.