NOW, the below painting is one I really like. I think it is one of the better ones I have done. It is a 7 x 10 1/4 painting. It has very few things that annoy me and is very close to the actual photo--the lighting is different but I wanted it to be darker.
I also used watercolor pencil for some detail on the bromeliads. I love bromeliads and should paint more of them. The big one in the center here was a pain in the ass to paint. It was actually a larger and more crazy looking thing. When I painted it, and it looked very like the real one, it just didnt' look right. I scaled it down. I may give it another try since I like the image so much.