Wow, what I thought would be a simple painting for me has turned out to be an impossible task. I did a small notan with a gray and a black marker and then one with my oil paints.
My 3 value oil study of White Orchid ( notan ?) 2012, © Nancy Van Blaricom
Graphite line sketch, 2012, © Nancy Van Blaricom
I started out with a graphite line sketch of my newly purchased white orchid. I felt that turned out pretty good and confident enough to go on to what I thought was a good choice for a next step... a notan study of the white orchid.
Marker Notan, 2012, © Nancy Van Blaricom
I did this small notan with a gray and a black marker and then one with my oil paints (top photo). I just couldn't seperate my values enough to be able to tell what the painting was supposed to be. Looking at the black and white photo below I think I might be able to accomplish the painting if I would just have used it instead of trying to paint it from life .... geesh. Back to the drawing board.
Black & White photo of White Orchid, 2012, © Nancy Van Blaricom