Hello there, I painted this from a set up recently, oil on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas. Painted my first peonie yesterday, a complicated flower. I think it came out pretty well, I used a palette knife for the flower. They come and go quickly don't they?
Monday I set up four still lifes for my painting group, we spent one hour on our painting. After that you could move to another set up and spend another hour. It was fun and crazy, ten of us were painting around the table. Debra Bryant recommended a book by Craig Nelson called "60 Minutes to a Better Painting", I have one of his dvd's called "Quick Studies". Both are excellent and that is where I got the idea to do the quick study with my group. Makes you react quickly and not overwork your painting, just to get the canvas covered is the thing. You should try it if you haven't.