Step 4: I am establishing some color in the darks. Still keeping the paint thin. I want to make the vase feel solid. You might notice that I only use the drawing as a road map. I paint over the flowers with half tones though I can still see some of the drawing poking through.
Finally, I can start the real fun... the blossoms. These Mock Orange blossoms I clipped from a neighbors hedge row. They last one day after cutting then drop off to the floor. But while they are alive they look beautiful.
I am trying to keep my mind on the light as it travels across the different forms and I keep going back to work on the vase. lighter, darker, more color, muted color... on and on it goes.
work in progress
oil on panel
Now for the background.... I know, I know, some days I seem to approach these paintings in reverse order. I cooled the painting down a bit. Next steps, finish background, clean up details, go through check list... get approval from the gang of four and sign it... OH... and think of a title. Any suggestions?