Friday, August 16, 2013

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
watercolor on cold pressed paper
7.5 x 9.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

What I am enjoying most about painting with watercolor, in addition to its challenges, are the surprises. Watercolor really is mostly unpredictable. And I love that. When I see something that I would like to paint, I know that if I chose oil, or colored pencil, to create the image then I could be sure of the result. Yet where is the fun in that? By choosing to paint in watercolor, and with all the careful planning I can muster, I am still delighted with a few surprises along the way.

This is a painting of my hydrangea bush that sits beside the corner of our house, right along the walkway. It has been glorious this summer with its large blooms. I enjoyed capturing those blooms in watercolor. Watching the color run into the shadows and highlights of the petals provided many delightful surprises with this painting.

4 comments:

Timaree said...

Nice picture. I can feel the sunshine on the flowers!

CrimsonLeaves said...

This one is beautiful and oh so charming, Ann. I planted hydrangeas last year and I think they are even smaller this year than last! Only 2 of the three managed to bloom flowers too. Sigh...We've had not so much rain this year but one day we had a 15 minute driving rain that trampled the flowers on the second one that managed to flower this year. I'm just glad they lived at all. I'm death to plants it seems.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

very nice, lots of light :D

Deborah Lowe said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the unpredictability of watercolor. That is its charm.

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