Geoff, they both are great! Frankly, I lean towards the older one because of more contrast and the blue. The new one is like a morning scene.
I decided to cut three gladioluses yesterday. But... painting them is more difficult than others I did recently. I ruined the white one first, too much titanium. Scraped off, added a bit more shadows. It is better now, but only that.
30x40 cm canvas pad. Plus lovely Georgian oils
I think I will do more flowers until the season ends. Never boring, although I do want to paint something else...