This painting was commissioned for a family in New York City. It now hangs in their daughter’s bedroom. I delivered it in December 2014.
I cut branches from our crabapple trees and brought them into my studio loft to hand draw. I drew sketches and settled on composition for several days before creating reference photos to help me in the later phases of painting. The model branches continued to leaf out as I worked, and leaves grew larger each day.
In the photos below, you can see my sketch book, where I worked out the colors and keep a pressed sample of the blossoms. There is also a reference photo taken in my studio as I worked on composition and the early sketches. By the time I was painting the blossoms, the actual branches were shedding their petals onto my studio floor. I am still finding their dried fragments, which worked their way into hiding spaces.
The sketchbook lists watercolor paints I used. These are available through Daniel Smith. They are formulated and produced in Seattle, Washington, USA. You will find information about how to purchase them under Resources.