In August 2009 I visited Kew Gardens in London, and I was fascinated by Sundew plants. They lure, capture, and digest insects using stalked mucilaginous glands covering their leaf’s surface. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition that sundews are able to obtain from the soil in which they grow.
In reality drosera or sundew has transparent liquid drops, but I changed them to crimson to give a more dramatic look.
After the concept was clear I began looking for a proper photograph, but unfortunately could not find any. So I made my 3D model from pins and cherry jam.
After adding a little bit of Photoshop, a perfect image to paint from was in my hands.
I reused the old canvas with my not very successful “poppy in the mist” painting. On my opinion it adds some charm to a painting when there is something underneath that you can see only little shadow off, a ghost painting underneath.