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From pastel to Oil

Jacqueline McIntyre

I recently started a new oil. Earlier I posted the pastel sketch that I am working from. I also have the dried flowers as reference, but find most of the painting is coming from my imagination, especially the composition. As always working this way I am usually not sure which direction the background will take. I'm still trying to work that out in my mind. The pastel sketch has a mid tone lavender in the lower half. It was suggested to me to make that darker, but I need to work out more of the leaves in that area to figure out what to do there.....any suggestions?
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