I feel like I'm making so little progress. I probably worked about 3 hours today and only covered a small section of the blue blossom. When painting, I work in stages across the entire surface, first laying in basic colors, next laying in some value differences and then beginning to lay in the forms before finally returning to pull out strong contrasts within the values and colors. Right now, I'm laying in the forms of the which distinguish objects and shapes one from the other. Due to the numerous compound forms (panicles) of the hydrangea this is taking a long time. I'm anxious to see this stage finished for entire surface so I can determine if my colors are working to create good movement and focal points.