So here it is. Usually when I conceptualize a painting, I "see" it in a particular medium - be it watercolour, oil or acrylics. But this blue hydrangea behaved differently for me and said you need to do it all. I have completed it in watercolour and acrylics. And now in oil...
Patience pill anyone?
The watercolor version to me is traditional and stands on its own. When I completed it I stepped back and felt is was good.....but wondered what would it look like in acrylics? Hmmm... and so I began a rather epic adventure in blue.
Saying that acrylic paint is vibrant is almost an understatement. They fact that this paint cures and the colours deepen for a few days after they are applied adds to a bit of a mystery about them.
And then there is buttery oil paint. Omigoodness I am in love with oil paint! The colours remain true as they dry making them a bit more predictable than watercolurs or acrylics. And you can play with them. And blend until your hearts content. I have so much to learn!
Tender Blues in acrylic
A vibrant rendition of the blue hydrangea. VIsitors to my studio stop in their tracks - I love the reaction. It is a bit showy. Both bold and modern. The blue shades are more intense - almost on the deep thalo shade. Love saying that it is contemporary and fun. 36"x36" and I admit a nail biter to work on. Each painting session I was able to complete one flower in the bloom. Acrylic paint dries so fast that blending is a real challenge. Did you say challenge? Apparently complexity and details are my key motivators. No kidding??????
Amethyst Shades of Blue in watercolours
More traditional and ethereal, highly detailed and a softer version from the acrylic. It's funny but I remember painting every single petal. Making sure the shades and values were spot on in order to create the depth and suggest the volume of the bloom. I played with the pigment and tested before I applied paint to the work. This version was a true labour of love. Did I mention I love watercolours. They speak my language. And I feel confident with this medium. So many years of working with it has taught me how it will behave in various conditions - and I can predict it. It is very natural and comfortable for me.