Although I’m painting flowers, I have to stop myself from getting into too much botanical detail because it’s my visual impression that I’m trying to record. I have to remind myself to get back from the painting, to not try to make the painting look like daffodils but just to judge shapes and values and try to get everything in the right place. I’m always asking myself how much I really need to say about each section, and what degree of resolution am I aiming for?
I paint first with filbert hog bristle brushes, I also use a few size 4 kolinsky sables for details or layering up strokes. I often go back over with the hog bristles at the end - simplifying the values as much as I can, eliminating detail from both the lights and shadows.