I’ve started my first plate from my notes and research during the Burren trip in May. Not sure how i feel about it yet, or whether it will make it to a successful end. It is quite difficult to duplicate the intense brilliant blue of the gentian flower! But I’ve got to keep pushing forward. I have a list of subjects waiting in the wings—cowslips, bluebells, cranesbill, purple orchid— no time for over analyzing. I’m glad my class starts next week, and I’ll be able to get some much needed advice.