In return for some work that Bec did for me (logo and graphics for my website) I said I would paint her a picture.
After much deliberation, she decided upon this one, an old fave of hers - "Apes in the Orangegrove" by Henri Rousseau.
She said she wanted the Maia version.
And the Maia version she got. I really should have taken photos along the way - it is one of the messiest and most complicated things I have painted. First I drew it all in in pencil, then went over it in wishy washy burnt umber (the paint I always seem to use for outlines) then slowly tried to pick each group of leaves in different greens.
I am happy with the result though, as is (more importantly), Bec.