Acrylics on Flat Canvas Board
This "Flower Palette" painting originally started out as a discard canvas where another painting nearby was intended, but that was not working out. As Ruth would discard paint from the first painting in different ways, she eventually found that this discard painting turned out to look much better than what she had planned.
With no paintbrush or palette knife nearby, the only thing within reach to get rid of an annoying blob of paint, was computer paper that was pressed on to this discard canvas, and when lifted off, incredible veiny lines and amazing color appeared, and rather quickly. Taking note of this, Ruth thought there was no way that could happen again on purpose, but to her great surprise, a 2nd press found another dreamy flower of intricate veiny lines appear.
She began to wonder about "paper" being a tool, and years later formed a Press & Peel painting course from the unintended technique.
Too much purple not working on the first painting, Ruth took a big flat brush to skip paint away on to this discard painting that could look like tulips. Frustrated her plans were not working out, Ruth looked over at this discard canvas to wonder why things were brilliantly happening here, unplanned.
Adding stems now to the purple and touching up what was meant to be discarded, this now became the painting of most interest and was one of the beginning turning points from Ruth's tight figure style, toward loose abstracts of fun, color, and texture amazement.
Not too long later, she invented the Separate Drying Layer, where things just seemed to work for her "off" the canvas, where shapes could be made and let to dry, sculpted into grander forms and then put in a painting dry. This method seemed to make all the neat things happen that just couldn't be made by painting regular wet-into-wet style, like her online video course on how to make a 3D rose from a strip of dried paint. This painting was one of the few that started it all.