A painter I'm working with asked yesterday about painting foliage and how to deal with all the confusing shapes.
To demonstrate I used my always-handy fake flowers. Of the 20-30 flowers/leaves/stems that could be seen I picked out about 3 flowers and a couple leaves, drew and then painted them with great care. The rest of the leaves and flowers I let go, sometimes working wet into wet, sometimes making abstract shapes and colors, all of this simply to approximate the values and colors but making no attempt to capture any detail besides the 3 previously painted flowers.
Nov. 18 2010 SF