I haven't posted in over a week. But I have been working everyday averaging abut 3 hours a day. Today I finally worked completely across the upper half laying in the basic palette. The other major change was to remove the 2 white shasta daisies. My resident critic said they should go. When asked his opinion about them he said, "The question is why?". The weakest section is the center top. Tomorrow I will start on the lower, grass portion. Then it will be time to refine shapes, values, etc.
The plant can reach a height of 1 m. It has alternate, mostly basal leaves 10-18 cm long, covered by coarse hair. It flowers from June to August, with inflorescences measuring 5-8 cm in diameter (up to 15 cm in some cultivars), with yellow ray florets circling a brown, domed center of disc florets. Wikipedia
The name rudbeckia was given by Carolus Linnaeus in honor of his teacher at Uppsala University, Professor Olof Rudbeck the Younger (1660-1740), and his father, Professor Olof Rudbeck the Elder (1630-1702), both of whom were botanists.