I had two more of these 12 x 24 canvases so I thought I would paint an orchid from my house-(it's fake). Still lives are hard for me to do because I get too detailed but I am trying to just paint the likeness rather than the thing itself.
I just stuck the Orchid on the desk with some cardboard behind it. Certainly not a professional still life but it just gives me the shape and some shadows.
Then I quickly sketch it out just to see if I could do it with a Sharpie.
Below the canvas was already painted black so I decided to stencil some texture with Wood Icing.
I had two of these canvases so my first thoughts were to paint them both at the same time.
Here is a close-up of the texture with some brown gesso added. The brown gesso adds a folk art look to the paintings when it peeks through.
I sketched out both of the canvases with a chalk pencil.
Then below I blocked in the images using negative painting.