Tequila and Bougainvillea

Oil on Hardbord, 11.5x12

My student, Marian, brought over a bunch of bougainvillea and a Tequila bottle which I'd never see before, to paint. The setting was beautiful. Marian started it very well. But it tempted me to give it a try after the class. The bottle was clear and the bougainvillea's got a hundred blossoms on one stem, and they wilted very fast. To offset the blah due to the light background and a clear bottle, I added blue for a more painterly effect. As for the busy flowers, I concentrated on a few with light pink to dress up the petals.

In a still life, especially, we don't really have to paint what we see but what we feel.