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.