The next time I decide to do thistles I will remember to grab my gloves even if I DO have to hike all the way back up to the house to get them. By the time I got around to painting I had thistle pokes on both hands and I was ranting a bit. However, I did get to use my new tube of permanent violet which was way cool. A new color for me and I LOVE it! I listed this one for auction and will do more of these little thistle paintings (using gloves for setting up ). I never really appreciated thistles before I painted them.