This is the start of a new painting, actually a commission I am doing. First I sketched out various arrangements in my sketch book. Then I photographed what I felt was the best composition. So, now I am working from several photo's and the original dried hydrangea's. I toned the canvas with an oil and gamsol wash of Burnt Sienna; then since I was working from a photo I gridded out the canvas and sketched in the composition with white pastel pencil.