A little more progess today. I've done more work on the photos, finished all the envelopes and paper in the background and have started to work on the dried flowers - the colour of these may change a little as I continue working.
Hydrangeas are still included in this new still life painting but are no longer the main focus. I liked the idea of combining the faded flowers with old photographs and letters in order to create a feeling of nostalgia. I'm intending to paint the majority of the still life in sepia tones and only add a touch more colour in the hydrangeas. I'm not happy with the blue area underneath the bottom right photograph as the colour is too strong, so I will be toning that area down. I can see this painting becoming the first in a new series, there seem to be many possibilities for some interesting compositions using this subject.