Since they are blooming in my garden now, I got out my oils and a 5x7 acid-free panel to do a small painting focusing on one of the blossoms.
When I went outside to get a close-up view of the flowers, I noticed a black butterfly hanging upside down from the stucco siding of the house. I was hoping it was not caught in a spider web, but upon closer inspection, I saw this:
A chrysalis! Evidently, it had just emerged and was drying its new wings. What a treat to see a brand new butterfly! Later, I saw it fluttering about the flower garden.
After watching it for a bit, I let it flutter while I went into the studio to paint the hydrangeas.
Next, I brush some shading color on the flower area using blue, white and a purple mixed from blue and red:
Here I paint the base color for a smaller bit of hydrangea just showing at the bottom of the painting. I am using a thin glaze at this point so the paint will dry fast:
Here is how the whole thing looks with the initial glaze and the shadow side delineated:
They look like blue hydrangeas at this point, but we're not done. Since these are oils, I can paint white blossoms over the blue once it has pretty much dried:
Now it's beginning to look like a hydrangea, yes?
I paint the background flower and the one in the lower right. I want them to look more lacy, so I paint some of the background color between the blossoms making small "holes" in the flower around the edges only.
A bit of yellow-green and dark centers to each blossom bring the hydrangea to life:
After adding a bit more color and detail, the painting is finished:
This 7x5 inch painting is sold. Ask if you'd like me to paint one for you!
Hope you enjoyed the demo.