To quote the wonderful Rolf Harris "Can you tell what it is yet?"
I know it can seem tedious to swatch but it really allows you to see what works and what doesn't.
Not only am I experimenting with the shading on the rose, but also it is showing me how it works with the background. As a start I'm using the shading techniques I'd use in embroidery which may turn out to be overly complicated; we'll see.
Already I can see that the background needs to be darker where it meets the lighter shading on the rose petals.
Also, one of the colours I thought would blend in well with the beige/neutrals is shrieking right at me! In the photo it appears on the bottom left as a pale greyish blur.
The process has also reminded me how much I don't like purling when doing intarsia - now that can be a real pain! So now I'm thinking about knitting it lengthways with each row a knit row and perhaps braiding the ends as I go along. Of course the problem with that would be the massive amount of stitches on my needles which could be prohibitive. I've already decided I'll be using circulars.
I'm still capturing some beautiful nights skies, each one has it's own character.
This one is from 25th June 2012.
I love the drama of the dark outline of the trees against the shimmering clouds and that dark band through the middle.
This one is from 26th June 2012.
I never tire of watching the sky change as the sun is setting.
This was from 27th June 2012