This tea cup is from a collection my mother had which she called "movie dishes". She used to tell me stories of when she was a child in the depression. One such story was about the weekend activity of going to the movies. For 11 cents they were admitted to the movies, received a gift piece of Lusterware china like this tea cup, and had entertainment for an entire afternoon. While the movie traditions are long gone, this piece of china still survives. I hope you enjoy the painting as well as the story that went along with it.
Peonies are a challenge to simplify. I have a huge sign attached to my easel that says "squint" or else I tend to get lost in the vast amount of petals. This visual reminder helps me stay on track. Available on Etsy for purchase.
My mom gave me a uniquely colored purple glass vase sometime ago. Lavender lilacs seemed like the perfect compliment for such a pretty color and luckily dogwood were in bloom at the same time. It sure was a challenge simplifying all the petals and leaves but squinting is the key to minimizing unnecessary details.