This is another composition in which I introduced a streak of quinacridone burnt orange into a field of ultramarine blue. I really love the rust/green/yellow hue that results. My first, steady stroke into the wet ultramarine diffused away from the center to create a narrow, wedge-shaped leaf, or root-like image. (I proceeded to paint another rendition of this, varying the speed of the stroke to use the pauses to allow water to bloom in a way to create the appearance of lobes of a leaf – see Ghost Leaf .)
My interval on the back porch this morning inspired the next phase of my composition. The fig tree is just coming out with pale green leaves. I interposed branches, painted with burnt orange, this time on dry ultramarine blue.
To finish off my study, I painted the edges of a fig leaf so it would appear to be behind the patch of blue.