Logically these would be where the sculpture would be frequently touched. Since this is a fantasy, I use the gold high lights to direct your eyes thoughout the composition.
Shall we take a tour?
Look at the two slender branches hanging diagonally above. Those are pricked out with gold.
Do you notice the gold? No, but you notice their delicacy and the weight of the leaves.
Since this is the first sculpture you see from my garden gate, I wanted it to read from 70 feet away, so I want contrast. If you want more subtlety, push everything back with thin layers of glaze.
Notice too, how the blues keeps the browns from going flat.
With a very limited palatte you can get an amazing feeling of depth.
At the far right, the first blossom to fall tells of time passing.
rhododendron. I took elements from it, like this torn and slowly healing branch to base the composition and contrast with the enormous fragrant spring blossoms.
In addition to being a tribute portrait of a great plant, this entire sculpture is playing games with relief depth and flatness, figure and ground, realism and abstraction. The paint, ooops, "patina" is just one more tool to help that illusion.
Until you can afford to cast your work in bronze, learn how to create a beautiful, beleiveable
It's what I'm doing.