I enjoy going to flea markets, estate sales and antique shops to find just the right vase for my still life arrangements. I found this vase at an estate sale with our sons in Detroit. This vase had evidence of heavy use by its former owner, which made me wonder if it had held lilacs before.
My palette for this painting was viridian, cadmium lemon, cobalt, alizarin, and cadmium red. The perfume scent from these lilacs infused the entire cottage studio as I quickly mixed these beautiful pigments to capture the lilacs before they wilted.