I set aside work on the large painting to begin some studies of flowers. Since the vase of flowers will play such a prominent role in the picture, it’s a feature that I want to get sorted out early. So I bought some more grocery store flowers and have begun making studies. The one above has an indication of the striped cloth on the table and the pale colored Limoges vase that I found on the internet. It’s the first of several practice paintings that I’m making. I’m not sure yet what the flower arrangement will look like. Indeed, I keep changing the still life — adding flowers as I happen to find new ones when I’m out shopping.
The study for the previous painting sits on the easel next to the new flowers. I still haven’t finished the previous painting. But I set it aside to let the paint dry. In between tasks, I’ll go back to it.