Milk Bottle Bouquet (Middle Stage)

9×12″ oil on canvas panel; click on painting for purchase information.

At about this point in the painting process, I realized that I was painting an antique…the milk bottle of my elementary school lunches. True to my nature, I usually had chocolate. The cardboard tops were saved for all kinds of other uses. The bottle really gives character to the little cluster of wildflowers. Here in the middle stage, there is more attention to what will become light and shadow on the flowers. Since the display is backlit, most of each flower is in shadow, and only some few blossoms and edges will be catching light. Hopefully the painting is gradually “coming into focus” for you.

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