Expression in Black & White with Color

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I have made my first attempt at uploading a work in progress.  This is an oil painting on birch panel with stark black & white flowers in the background and rich red  tulips in the foreground. I wanted to work with a black and white image as well as with a color image on the same surface.   These flowers are from photos taken at the Philadelphia Flower Show which I visit every year.   As I develop the composition, the black and white flowers appear to take on a spirituality as they  rise behind the tulips.  I am continuing to focus on using rich, broad painterly strokes for the tulips in the foreground to make them pop.

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