I started first with loose sketches on mylar with graphite (powder, bars, and pencils) then added oil paint. Perhaps overworked, knowing when to stop is always a tricky thing. This hydrangea is from a bouquet I brought back from Vermont this summer – a variety that grows wild in the edges of Bennington College’s campus, they survived the hot ride home and ultimately dried beautifully.
I then moved on to a linen canvas 12×12, planning a more sustained painting with the same hydrangea on 2x4s arrangement – this is the easel and my set up. . . . and may I say I will be adjusting the background values, but can I blame the camera?