This oil painting is the first fruit 'propagated' from my 2008 Botanical Gardens sketchbook. There are now several more paintings completed, or in process, and further 'interim' sketches have been made. I feel like I'm on an adventure with all its inherent mysteries, discoveries and false trails. I also believe that whilst I'm working from the observed I'm not constrained by it. New ideas and themes present themselves in the process of image making. From time to time that will be hinted at through the title ascribed to the work.