This still life has been through many iterations. It started out as an electric blue study of the shapes of the two pitchers. The pitcher on the right has a painted pattern on it - added, then painted out. I put in the vase with hydrangeas behind the pitchers to make the interplay of shapes more interesting, and realized that the electric blue just was overwhelming. Introducing a more realistic color palette that looked more like what I was looking at was a first step. Throughout this process, I've been making the brushstrokes stronger, then smoother, then stronger again. I think this is where it's going to stop.