Monday, August 1, 2011

Hydrangea



12"x12" oil on gessoed masonite archival panel (Ampersand's gessobord)

"Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character." -James Russell Lowell


I spent this morning under a shady archway, where this side of the house is in shade during the morning. Our yard is planted with many hydrangeas, but this one has turned out to be the biggest. The blossoms are in various shades of deep purply blue, some of them leaning more towards magenta, and some of them a bit paler blue. There's some plantings of lamb's ear near the base of this huge shrub, which is a nice accent along our garden path.

Being able to stand and really see your subject for a couple hours, really gives you an appreciation of the tonal qualities you are looking at. The warms and the cools in the foliage, as well as the blossoms; with some areas grayed down from being in deep shade. I can't think of many better ways to spend a morning!

This painting is available directly from me at my DailyPainters.com gallery store.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Lovely, Roxanne! I really have to try painting outside from life sometime soon.

August 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Diane!! Yes, you should give it a whirl, when the weather gets decent for you. Today I was lucky to find a shady spot to work in or it would have gotten unbearably hot. But I'm loving being outside (thinking of all the days of winter I spent cooped up inside!). :-)

August 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM  

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