I've been painting a lot lately. It's how I started many years ago, although my subject was mostly landscapes. Last month I got bitten by the flower bug; I wanted to paint flowers and tangled gardens, letting whatever came into my head translate onto the canvas.
This is the latest one.
Stage 1, applying colours and a few shapes.
Stage 2, over-painting
Stage 3, adding more shapes, details and colours.
Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown