|Collections Series no. 2. Remnants, Size 16 x 25 cm|
|Detail of lichen encrusted twig|
|Detail of lichen and moss|
I chose to add a shadow beneath each item, which is not something that I'd normally do. The general consensus seems to be that there's no place for shadows in botanical art, yet if you attend the annual SBA or other botanical shows you will usually find a number of paintings with shadows. Personally I don't see the problem with having a shadow in a ' nature' based painting like this, it's not a botanical illustration and doesn't interfere with the subject in any way. Shadow is only a problem if you were to add one to a work that is intended to be a more traditional style botanical illustration - i.e. for plant identification purposes, I think too much fuss is made about the inclusion of shadows....but I'm undecided on whether to use shadow for next weeks painting.