The first stage is to sketch out my composition, focusing on the round shapes of both the seed pods and the bit at the top.I don't want them all to be the star of the show, so have to decide which ones are the most important, and I've chosen three. Once i've sketched them in I rub out some of the lines, as I want this to be a casual feeling painting.
In the second image I've begun to add the darkest darks - the white of the paper is already my lightest shade - so this gives me my full tonal range.
In the third image I've introduced middle tones and colour, I've settled on a very neutral palette of ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and rose madder. Adding warmth to the seed heads begins to mould their shapes.
In the final image I've decided that to make them "pop" I need to darken the background, using ultramarine/burnt sienna wet in wet, so that the edges stay soft and dreamy. I've softened the edges of the seed pods here and there so that they blend into the background. And that's it- done! I've captured what I set out to do, time to stop before I start fiddling with it and ruin it!