I pushed the restart button on this painting. I bought a new plant yesterday, and I hope it will both be fun to paint and that it will stay alive long enough to finish the goddamn painting. Unfortunately, it's not at all like the original plant, so I guess I'll have to give up my jokey little Jack & the Beanstalk concept. The new one is a kind of camellia, and more like a miniature tree than a climbing vine.
It's hard for me to take a decent photograph of this diptych with my tiny little point & shoot camera. I've been making such small paintings for the past year that it hasn't been too egregiously inadequate, but I feel the itch now to make some larger work and I know I'm going to have to eventually invest in a SLR to shoot photographs of the proper quality.