Thursday, February 05, 2009

A Hydrangea Wreath In The Making - Part II

I've made quite a bit of progress on my Hydrangea wreath painting since I showed photos of it the last time. When I left off with my progress, the above was the last thing we saw.

I've made a lot more color decisions since then, including the colors of the Hydrangeas themselves. First though I had a lot of fun playing in some very wet paint, swirling and twirling colors all around, to create the multi-colored green background above. I love working with very wet paint and although it takes some time to dry, I like the results I get.

I also decided to use the blue shades I'm working with to fill in the spaces between the grapevine wreath. At this point though I've lost some of the wreath as it got painted over and also, I had wanted to define it and make it more bold.....which leads us onto the next photo to see some of the results........

Here I've reworked the grapevine wreath to make it pop out from the canvas. To do this I used a couple of different browns.

Here I've painted in a few of the leaves...again working with the paint very wet as I was enjoying the results. I've also decided on the color for my largest Hydrangea. It will be a beautiful blue, fully opened bloom. Here I've done some of the basecoating to lay the ground work for the rest of the bloom. My Hydrangeas are a bit time consuming to paint and I use quite a few colors on each one but again, I seem to like this process and most of all, the end result.

This shows the finished bloom...fully painted and detailed. Months ago as I was painting some Hydrangeas, I develped the method I like to use for them and realized it was a bit complicated for me to remember so I wrote everything that I did down, the colors, when I use them, where I use them etc... Now every time I want to paint Hydrangeas, no matter the colors, I always look at my notebook . I find keeping a notebook full of colors, ideas and techniques that I had a good experience with, really works well for me. Sometimes when you have a result that you are happy with you think you will remember how to do it the next time....this just isn't so, not for me anyway, that is why I've started writing things down.

I'm trying to be very diligent about taking photos of this paintings' progress so I'll be posting more as I go along.


foobella said...

Loving the progress, Ruth. Have you said in the past what kind of paint you use? And is this regular canvas you are painting on?

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Foobella,

I'm not sure if I mentioned the medium...if I haven't, I'm using acrylic paint on this one.

As for the canvas, this is a 14" x 18" , 1 1/2" deep gallery style canvas. This means there are no staples around the sides so the design can wrap all the way around the edges and gallery canvas also needs no frame, it can go straight onto the wall.


foobella said...

I'm impressed you can get such a watercolor look from acrylics. I used them in college and it kind of turned me off to painting even though I want to paint in the worst way. I think I need to pull them out again. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Foobella, you should pull out those acrylics again...

I like to use paints in different ways...perhaps hardcore art nuts would scowl at me but it is so much fun to break art rules or old ideas and sometimes you discover great new techniques along the way.

I did have fun with the green background though. At first, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, then as I was playing in the wet light green paint, I swirled some white through and then some of the darker green.

Sometimes I work so wet that it is just too wet and I have to redo...I think I'm always pushing the edge with the wet factor but I like to try different things...

Get those paints back out and have some fun with them.


Catherine Holman said...

I love to see the different stages of your painting Ruth. It's coming along beautifully. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers.

celestina marie said...

Hi Ruth,
Your wreath is coming along gorgeous. I like the steps in pictures you are sharing.

I do the same thing with notes on my colors, stokes etc. It really does help.

Can't wait to see this beautiful work finished. Have fun!
Celestina Marie

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi ruth!
oh your painting is gorgeous!
i love seeing your process. youare so talented and i love that you keep a notebook for yourself!
i will miss you while i am gone next week.


Betty Jo said...

That is going to be gorgeous Ruth! I adore the colors. ♥

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Ruth,

Your lovely painting is really coming along. I love your wet background - very impressionist and soft. I agree with Foobella, your work is so soft it looks like it may be a watercolor. Your style is beautiful and unique. What a great idea to keep a notebook full of colors. I should do that myself as I never can remember how I got the color the next time I want to use it.

Can't wait to see the finished painting.
Have a creative week.

KarenHarveyCox said...

This painting looks gorgeous already. I love how you are sharing the painting process. I can't wait to see the finished painting.

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Erin, Isn't it true, it is so hard to remember how you did is so frustrating. Sometimes I think the best art results are happy accidents and there is just no way I could duplicate a wonderful accident a second time, if I didn't write things down. I do find it to be very helpful.


Gail McCormack said...

Hi Ruth

LOOKING GOOD!! I also love using Acrylic paints, not sure which ones you use but I use the Structural grade ones which means you can either use them as you would Oil paints or dilute them to use as a beautiful soft water colour like background as you have

Please be diligent with your photos!

Donna said...

Ooooooh, it's looking beautiful so far, Ruth! I love the colors.

Can't wait to see it finished!


Suzanne said...

Wow, Ruth, the painting is really coming along. So pretty! I love your hydrangea, and good for you to write the process down! I wish I would remember to do that with some of the things I've painted!