Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Blue Hydrangeas

"Blue Hydrangeas"
16x20 oil on linen

This is my latest studio piece just finished a few days ago.  It was so refreshing to paint live hydrangeas  this time of year around here!  I grow hydrangeas in my garden at home but they're not ready until mid summer to paint so this was a real treat to be able to paint one of my favorite flowers in the first week of May.  I found a potted plant of Endless Summer Hydrangeas in the garden center at Home Depot a few weeks ago that were in FULL beautiful bloom and thought they'd be perfect for painting and better yet after painting I can put the plant in the ground and paint them again and again!  
I painting a lot of flowers from life, and I have to say for ME hydrangeas and peonies (lilacs too) are some of the most difficult flower to paint.  I think it's because each flower has thousands of little petals in each head which makes it easy to get overwhelmed by the 'millions' of sweet little petals in this flower.  I find it crucial when painting these to keep the lights and darks separate and only paint the darks compared to the light, not what the darks look like when you look INTO the darks.  The darks have to be painted in relation to the lights to pull off the correct value and temperature relationship to achieve the saturation of the lights.  
In composing this painting, I was thinking about all the texture in the flowers and the play of the soft elegance of the round glass vase.  I like how it almost disappears into the background.  And then the few little crisp notes in the 3 little fallen petals on the table top!  


F. Serrano said...

A beautiful still life!

Judy P. said...

Funny that you write about needing to paint the darks COMPARED to the lights, and not just look into the darks. I just caught myself doing that exact thing last night (after the fact, as usual!). So when I painted the lit part I wondered why it didn't look light enough.
So it's another scrape down; it's a peeled orange, so if I post it that'll mean I was able to fix it.
Beautiful hydrangeas, by the way!

Kami Polzin said...

thanks Frank and Judy!

Judy, we all scrape, better painting with scraping sometimes :) Happy Painting!

J Joy Nocifora said...

One of my favorite flowers and you painted them beautifully!

Marian Fortunati said...

This is beautifully painted, Kami!

Amanda Brett said...

gosh you really have a magic touch with flowers, they're really stunning! :) amanda

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