Okay, so here's my strategy. First I do a quick pencil drawing and lay a light wash or two of color over the whole composition. This establishes where all the objects will go, what their general color is, and the direction of the light. It gives me an overall impression of where the painting is headed. Then I get right to work on any fragile vegetable matter, finishing it as quickly as I can. When that's done I breathe a sigh of relief, because then I can take my time completing the rest of the painting. Phew.
That was my plan for the painting below. My bouquet had been around for a few days and was just beginning to fade around the edges. After tossing out a few lifeless flowers I needed to put the remaining ones into a smaller vase. When I took a bunch of vases down from the shelf to make a choice they looked so pretty together with all their different shapes, sizes and colors. So I decided to put them all into the painting. Hey, Giorgio Morandi did it, so why not me.
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