This is something a little different for me. I don't do flowers too often, but I've never done this kind of abstracted background before. I painted this over a older painting I didn't care for, and the underlying brushstrokes give it an interesting texture. It's not likely to become my typical style, but it did generate several compliments at the recent Lynchburg Art Festival. Fun fact: it's also the first time I've signed a painting at the top.
Irises, Oil on Panel, 14x11
Prior to the painting, I actually made a digital study using ArtRage (and a Wacom tablet), which is a fun and quick way to work out some ideas.