This is a flower gouache I’ve been working on for a present. What do you think? I’ve finished it and I’m happier than I was with it, though the flowers have lost their individuality a bit and the composition’s a bit awkward. Though I find the simplicity appealing at the same time. My work is always a balance between total simplicity and something more complex emotionally. It’s pretty intense and sometimes I find it embarrassing. It’s impossible not to think of Van Gogh whenever you paint flowers. At the moment I’ve just started reading an old book written by Irving Stone about Van Gogh called ‘Lust for Life’ which is a bit of a potboiler but I’m looking forward to reading more. Van Gogh is just the painter.