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. 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.

Hydrangeas and Fruit – Oil Painting 12×12 by Winifred
Pink and Blue Hydrangeas Oil Painting 11×14 – by Winifred

I like both of my painting above but find them a bit too “sweet” and whimsical for my preference. I have always been able. to paint in several “voices” – even when I was a digital painter.

Hydrangeas Test Painting 1 – by Winifred

Ultimately, I 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

Well, to me this painting has now largely lost the look of hydrangeas – though the hydrangeas I referenced had deep red fall coloring. I’m ok with them being “flowers – of some kind” besides, now there is foliage. My other option, is to have this painting panel cut horizontally to make a 12×16 panel from the bottom portion of the painting – all of which I like. Can you imagine?

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 progression of these paintings – the struggle! Hope you’re enjoying your summer. Winifred

Golden Sunflowers

Golden Sunflowers – 9×12 Oil Painting on Gessoed Board

Golden Sunflowers, Oil Painting by Winifred

I will never get enough of painting sunflowers and painting them is such a great way to test new product performance – in this case texture. I have begun to experiment with oil paint mediums – making my own. I add these products to oil paint to change the physical characteristics and the feel of the paint on the canvas or board. I created the rich thick translucent impasto product, to my paint to create the impasto sunflowers. Impasto can be created with paint only but these mediums extend the paint and vary it in other ways which I prefer. There are many minerals and mix in so many potential combinations to create different results. I can put my products into an empty tube, label it and have it available whenever I want to use it. I try to both paint, study and experiment everyday. Loving it!
 

 try to both paint, study and experiment everyday.

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