Painting Hydrangeas

There are so many ways to paint hydrangeas and hydrangea still lifes. I’ve tried quite a few. They are challenging with all the little cluster petals. There are those who paint the little 4 petal clusters all over.

Pink and Blue Hydrangeas Oil Painting 11×14 – by Winifred

That’s more detail than actually interest me. If anything I want to become more more loose – more abstract. I’m going to work on that. But for now, here are a few examples of work I’ve done recently and one hydrangea painting from a year ago. One painting I created and then scraped all the flower heads back to repaint. I thought I’d put them all together.

I like painting above but find it a bit too “sweet” and whimsical for my preference. Below, though very accurate colors for the petals, I fond them distracting for the overall image hue. They had to go.

Hydrangeas Test Painting 1 – by Winifred

I also decided the flower heads above had too much texture, saturation and contrast. Better to scrape off the heads and redo them. (not shown) I did that but still wasn’t happy and redid them again. – see final below – or is it!! I’b always good for a redo, if over time, I. am not happy and there remains some significant portion of the painting I like.

Hydrangeas in their Fall Color 16×20 by Winifred

The colors harmonize better and I like having foilage but they don’t look like hydrangeas. I will redo at some point.

Hydrangea Bouquet with other Flowers 11×14 Oil Painting – by Winifred 2018

I painted the above painting more than a year and a half ago when I was just getting started and trying to work out what a hydrangea looked like – how to paint all of those little petals but NOT!

I thought you might enjoy seeing the struggle! Hope you’re enjoying your summer. Winifred

4 thoughts on “Painting Hydrangeas

  1. I see what you did. I honestly like the ones that aren’t perfect. I love the third one so much. You are s wonderful artist, canvas or digital. I used to paint traditional oil on canvas. I did that for so many years. A group of us met every Monday night and we painted for four hours. Thank you for sharing how you arrived at the painting I like.

    • Thank you Rene’. I just posted again. this time I really show you how I arrived ar a painting. You should show me some of your past oil paintings. It’s wonderful to paint with a group. If I did that – they would never get to sleep! Winifred

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