My most recent work is a small Dendrobium orchid.
Dendrobium orchids have two or three leaves on an almost impossibly slender stem. As they open, they have an almost triangular bud. Before painting this particular image, I did a number of sketches and dissected the blossom and taped the parts of the flower to my sketchbook so I could refer to them later
I use as sketchbook to make decisions about composition and color as well as to figure out the lighting and forms of the final painting. I don’t usually share my sketchbooks but I have them all over the place.