Every once in a while I peruse my bookshelf for a bit of inspiration. Edmund Dulac pointed the way for me. While in college I would go to the library and skim the stacks for artists that I might like. I found a book about Dulac and borrowed it thereafter so many times that when I got older I bought the book on ebay. His compositions amazed me. I like his use of ground. I also like how he pulled color out of his watercolor to create light and shadow in this fabric. The first image above has been so ingraned in my noggin that I could probably replicate it from memory.