As usual, I begin with a random brain-writing session if you will, and see where that takes me. Here, I had a general disarray of lines and decided to make connections between them all. From that point I thought it would look better if I shaded in the stems, what I called them, the long connecting lines. Then I smoothened out the the corners and finished up by darkening in some sections of the design. I like the way the piece turned out; it reminds me of an entanglement of plant growth. I picture a traveller who has just made their way through the dense brush of the woods. Then, just as night appears, they reach the opening, where a beautiful and enchanted world can be seen, the vegetation comes alive entangling and entwining together, becoming an impenetrable wall. The combined species of green growth turn dark. Now only the beauty of the other side shows through the openings in the wall. The traveller is now resigned to remain at least one more night in this, now, dark and unfriendly wooded confine.
Anyhow, once I got the story down in my head I decided to play around with color schemes. The one shown in the lower painting is the one I through best represented the scene.