Just realized that my Van Gogh slice just so happens to be in the same colors as my TIF challenge (with some minor adjustments) so I can kill two birds with one stone on this one. Today I began painting the background and laying in the leaf color. I plan on painting the entire leafy background in a vague "impressionistic" sort of way, and then going in with some purple/navy silk dupioni to create the iris petals and maybe some angelina fibers and ivory raw silk for the "beards." After I get that all placed I will begin thread painting the leaf veins and black detail, as well as the detail in the iris with rayon and metallic thread. I'm not sure yet. Right now I'm just working on the background -- which -- Sabrina informed me today looks like someone "threw up on it!" Thanks honey - for the encouragement! (I can't argue with here there as the colors aren't the most attractive) but this is just the first of many layers that hopefully will improve with each step.