So, this is what happened in my brain:
I was looking at this picture of Gaudi's cathedral.
And I was thinking how much I'd like my watercolour illustrations to glow as beautifuly as the stained glass.
I saw this image by Emma Harrison:
The colours in this illustration glow because of the contrast not only in tone but also vibrancy. I thought this would be good to try myself.
I'm also loving the work of Kate Baylay at the moment whose fabulously stylised work reminds me of Kay Nielsen.
And when I put it all together, it looked like this: