This watercolor painting of ivy was done by wetting the entire sheet of paper and then dropping in yellow. While the yellow was still wet, I dropped in some greens, thinking about the shapes of leaves, but not painting them directly. When the paper was completely dry, I went back into the soft shapes and “found” the leaves that had been suggested by the paint. Weaving the branch and stems through the leaves was the last step in making “A Sprig of Ivy.”
And now that I have finished painting it, my husband can fulfill his original plan and put this ivy in the ground!