Seeking the finished unfinished

My painting practice is currently focussed on plants in interstitial spaces.
Due to the nature and locations of these opportunist plants, I often return to a site where I’ve made notes or sketched and find that the plant has been cut or poisoned.
I’ve been considering how to respond to this in my paintings. ‘Groundsel, March’ presented one option through it’s ‘finished unfinished’ qualities.

I’d hoped to finish Carter Street Dandelion in one en plein air session (see Carter Street Dandelion, Work in progress, 21st April. However there were some areas that really needed work (and I think there still are).
It’s an interesting challenge to find the balancing point between the intentional and accidental; between the painting’s flat, work in progress and being overworked.

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