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Once a term we paint large-headed flowers in John Murray's still life class. As my teacher hates the ubiquitous sunflowers, we usually end up with spider mums. Aagh! On Thursday night, when I saw him bringing in a bouquet of gorgeous flowers, including hydrangea, my heart skipped a beat. He also got some apples, which seem to be the theme of this fall. But as practice makes perfect, I am no longer disturbed by apples. Bring them on!
I initially misread the color temperature of the hydrangea and blue cloth in the shadow by making them too warm. The mid-class critique put me back on the right path. Wow! John said that "Hydrangea and Baby's Breath" was the best painting I have ever done in his class. Of course, I've heard him saying that several times before. Either I am in an upward spiral course of artistic growth, or he is a terrific morale rouser!