Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Hydrangea Wreath In The Making

I've started a new painting this week, one that is inspired by the Hydrangeas that I love so much in my own garden.

These up close and personal shots were taken last year when my Hydrangeas were in full bloom and looking beautiful.

I'm always amazed at all the different colors I can see at all the different stages of the blooms life. The array of amazing colors gives me great ideas for the combinations I will be using in a painting, whether now or down the road.

I've been wanting to do some wreath paintings for quite a while now and I decided on Hydrangeas as the flowers that will decorate my wreath. Above I've gotten the design started on my 14" x 18" gallery canvas. I know it is hard to see the progress at this point but just look below to see how getting some of the basics done, really starts to make the design stand out.

Here I've gotten the twig wreath pretty much down on the canvas the way I want it. I then went in and decided to do a dreamy sky like background for the center of the wreath. It took me quite a while to get the blue and white fluffy enough but eventually I ended up with something I was happy with. I may always tweak it in the upcoming days but for now, it is good enough and I will move on to the next thing which will be to paint the area outside the wreath. I'll keep posting progress on this painting until little by little, you can see it come together.


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love seeing your work in progress! So much goes into your paintings....I know it is going to be beautiful...I think it will look great in your bathroom...if I remember the colors correctly!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi ruth!
i love seeing your paintings in process. it is so fun to see them spring to life!

celestina marie said...

Hi Ruth, this is going to be so pretty. I know each work is a series of steps and placement. I love seeing your progression. Spring always inspires me for wreaths. Yours will be amazing. The hydrangea pictures from your garden are gorgeous. Beautiful color.
Can't wait to see the finished work.
Have Fun!
Celestina Marie

Catherine Holman said...

These are my favorite flowers! Can't wait to see it finished.

Suzanne said...

Oh,Ruth!,a progress/process post! I love these! And I love full bloom, or dried, they are a beautiful flower. Can't wait to see yours when you've painted them.
Your sky is very pretty, those are so hard for me and take forever to get "just right". You've done a gorgeous job!

foobella said...

Beautiful, Ruth. Can't wait to see it completed.

NeereAnDear said...

Oh Ruth!! I cant wait to see this painting finished... I do love you taking us on a step by step journey as your painting progesses ..... the end result ... I can imagine ... will be beautiful...

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers


A wildlife gardener said...

It's wonderful to watch a work-in-progress, Ruth...and I look forward to seeing the completed painting :)

Kathryn Bechen said...

Looks beautiful...what beautiful flowers! Kathryn

Gail McCormack said...

I too love Hydrangeas, at one time we lived up in the mountains where the soil was very rich, there were Hydrangeas growing in abundance, massive ones, the most spectacular rich bluish/ mauve colours you could imagine, I used to pick them, put them in a vase with a small amount of water, the water would slowly evaporate and the hydrangeas would turn into beautifully dried flowers.
The colours in your painting are reminding me of my beautiful Mountain Hydrangeas.

I will be back to follow your progress Ruth

The Rose Room said...

I think Hydranga's are my next favourite flower to roses. I really love seeing our painting process! Rachaelxo

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love it already. This is going to be so lovely. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. Oh, and is this going to be one of your gorgeous bluebirds sitting on top?

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Ruth,

As a fellow gardener and painter I share your love of Hydrangeas. They are also one of my favorite flowers to photo and paint. What fun to watch you create one of your beautiful paintings. Can't wait to see you finished work of art. The little bird is going to look adorable perched on your wreath.

Have a lovely creative week.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Hydrangeas are my all time favorite flowers! I can't wait to see the finished painting!


*emilie* said...

beautiful ! i really like your blog !