Friday, August 7, 2015

Still Life - Hydrangeas

I don't paint flowers but I had so much fun painting these Hydrangeas.   I picked a few from my garden and put it in this old vase that I found many years back and made a bouquet for this painting.  I used Rembrandt pastels and used Unisom pastels as well since they are so vibrant in color.  Unfortunately you really can't see it in this photo.  I think I got carried away and added too many flowers for the size of the vase!!!   What was I thinking?   I couldn't even put water in the vase.. lol   

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  1. Great! Hilda! I think you got them about right. I like the brass pot. Lovely.

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    1. Thank you so much Jo! You're very kind...glad you stopped by to comment! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  2. Oh, I love hydrangeas; they always remind me of the MA coast. Your lovely painting has me day dreaming of salty sea air and clear blue skies. Gorgeous work, Hilda!!!

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    1. Thank you Darla for such a nice comment. As I look at this painting I realize it needs more darks!! I'm so glad you stopped by to comment!!

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  3. Magnifique, chère Hilda !
    Bisous :)

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    1. thank you so much Olivier! Glad you stopped by to comment!

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  4. Love the abundance this bouquet is portraying, the vase accentuates its beauty!

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    1. thank you Padmaja! you're so loyal and kind!
      I'm glad you liked this bouquet!

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  5. Son geniales tus Hortensias querida Hilda, has elegido muy bien la composición y colores. Te felicito!!

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    1. Tu eres muy amable con tu comentario Eva!
      Muchisimas gracias por tu visita! Lo agradezco!!

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  6. But still.......the bouquet is lovely, all fluffy! A romantic note on this fine morning. Hope you're having a good summer Hilda! :)

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    1. thank you Helen for stopping by to comment!
      I think I've learned a lot from this painting!!! not to paint flowers again..lol Have a wonderful day!

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  7. A wonderful bouquet, Hilda! You are so lucky to have the 'models' in your garden!

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    1. thank you so much Judy! Now that the flowers are drying out...they look so nice! Glad you stopped by!!

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  8. No importa que sean muchas hortensias cuando son bonitas y las de esta pintura lo son. Te felicito, Hilda.

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    1. Tu eres MUY amable Antonio. Lo agradezco tu palabras!
      un saludo

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  9. This shouts, "Abundance," Hilda. It's so beautiful! And the way you painted the vase is just perfect - just like the foreground color. I think you should put a frame on it!

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    1. You're so nice Chris! Glad you stopped by to comment! I appreciate it!

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  10. Fabulous - the more the merrier because these flowers are truly worthy of being painted. I really love the rich color of the vase next to the colors of the flowers.
    You can paint anything and paint it perfectly.

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    1. thank you so much Julie for such a generous comment!!! I appreciate it !!

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  11. Fabulous - the more the merrier because these flowers are truly worthy of being painted. I really love the rich color of the vase next to the colors of the flowers.
    You can paint anything and paint it perfectly.

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  12. You did an incredible job, Hilda! Great feeling of plenty! I love how you use the leaves in the composition too, it really makes for a perfect painting!

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    1. Thank you Celia for stopping by. I wish I could have arranged it a little better. I added too many flowers but I did learn for next time!
      Enjoy the rest of the Evening....

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  13. Hilda, te felicito con estas hermosas hortensias!! Y... por el jardín de donde las has cortado.
    Ahora, una vez has disfrutado de la composición, déjalas secar y en invierno, vuelves a pintarlas, cuando estén totalmente secas! También son bonitas.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias Josh. Buen idea. lo voy ha pintar cuando se secas!! Lo agradezco tu comentario! Un abrazo fuerte!

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  14. Don't you just love these big Pom poms. Nice work getting the feeling of individual flowerets, I think that is always difficult with these. Love the colors, just makes you smile. I miss mine, they haven't bloomed now for last two years, bushes get big but no flowers, got to try to figure out why. We get early Spring freezes that kills back the stems, but others in neighborhood still bloom so,don't think that is the reason.

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    1. This year was a good year for my Hydrangeas. Last year we didn't have that many flowers. Now, like Josh said I can dry them and paint them again!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  15. I love this composition, and the whole explosion of flowers filling the piece and spilling off the edges! Very creatively done!

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    1. Thank you so much Katherine...I'm so glad you like it. Flowers are so hard for me but I had fun trying to paint them!

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  16. The number of flowers gives this painting a sense of exuberance - I just adore it!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan! Glad to see you back!!! I appreciate your comment!!

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  17. I agree with Susan. Plus the abundance of flowers play well against the singular vase, which is rendered beautifully. A lovely summer bouquet!

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    1. thank you so much Linda! You're SO kind and I really appreciate your comment!!!

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  18. love the colours and the subject! It is a very difficult subject for pastels, but done superbly

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    1. thank you so much M.R. for stopping by to comment.. I really appreciate it!

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  19. But one of my most favorite flowers so you can't have too many for my taste, Hilda. Gorgeous!

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    1. thank you so much Sherry for such a nice comment ..I appreciate you stopping by!!!

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  20. Hello Hilda! Love! Love! Love your wonderful hydrangeas! Exciting and beautiful! (Sorry I haven't been commenting lately! I am out here loving your art and your blog!) All the best! Michael Lover Of Multicolored Hydrangeas And Art By Hilda!

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    1. You always know how to make a girl smile, Michael!! thank you for stopping by to comment!!

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  21. Wonderfull, , greeting from Belgium in Mons .
    Mons my city blog, http://louisette.eklablog.com

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    1. thank you so much for stopping by to comment. You're very kind!

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  22. Very lush and romantic. Hydrangea is my all time favorite flower......what's not to love?

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    1. thank you so much Carol for your lovely comment. I appreciate you dropping by!!

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  23. Hi my friend.
    A lovely painting of flowers Hilda. It is different and fantastic. All the best Hilda.
    Vic.

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    1. thank you Vic for such a nice comment!! Yes, this is definitely different for me..lol. Glad you liked it!

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  24. Hilda-these flowers are truly lovely. Your pastels are always so beautiful.

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    1. You are SO kind, Debbie...thank you for stopping by to comment. I appreciate your words...

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    1. Thank you so much Cath. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment!

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  26. Hi Hilda:) They are so wonderful, the colors as well as the whole painting! Love the shadows. I can see you love these flowers. So well done. At first I thought you used watercolors. Big hug!xx

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    1. You're so nice Renate! thank you so much for visiting! I appreciate your comment! Enjoy this beautiful day!

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  27. Well we could do with some florals right now since our Summer has just not shown it's self this year. It's been damp and mild to say the least, so this is a welcome sight! :0)

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    1. thank you SO much Sandra. Today is such an amazing day....maybe about 70 degrees.. hopefully the humidity will stay low as well!
      I'm glad you stopped by to comment!

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  28. Wonderful painting and your hydrangeas in your garden must be spectacular!

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    1. thank you so much Theresa! I have beautiful hydrangeas in my garden this year... In my front yard I have lace hydrangeas which are very pretty as well. Last year wasn't a good year!. Thank you for stopping by.

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  29. Good observations, Hilda! Keep working from life. Aren't the pastels so yummy!?

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    1. I LOVE my pastels but for some reason I wasn't able to capture the richness in the hydrangeas. I need to work on that! Enjoy your day Diana!!

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  30. Hilda, I love this! It is beautiful and the colours are soothing and refreshing. :)

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  31. Hilda, I love this! It is beautiful and the colours are soothing and refreshing. :)

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    1. thank you so much for stopping by to comment, Linda! I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful day!

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  32. Beautiful colors to the flowers. I love that vase!!! Well done!

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    1. I appreciate you stopping by to comment, Joan. Maybe someday I'll do a still life using the same vase.. I really like it as well!!

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  33. Bonjour ma chère amie,

    Je suis très heureuse de te retrouver... Je ne serai pas très régulière jusqu'en septembre mais promis, je ferai au mieux pour venir te faire un petit coucou.

    J'aime cette orgie d'hortensia ! Je pense que ce bouquet dépeint toute ta générosité. J'aime l'harmonie des couleurs. Je sais que sur une photo il est toujours très frustrant de ne pas restituer les véritables couleurs. Mais aussi tant mieux autrement on ne nous achèterait que les copies !! sourire...
    Ce bouquet est sincèrement magnifique, bravo l'artiste ! En plus les hortensias ne sont pas des fleurs faciles à peindre.

    Gros bisous

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    1. Thank you so much Martine.. Glad you stopped to comment. I enjoyed painting these flowers but next time I would like to paint the darks in there as well! Like you said Hydrangeas are not too easy to paint.. (At least for me!) Enjoy your time away. Hugs!

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  34. Beautifully done Hilda! Just lovely!

    And thank you so much for your kind words. Very much appreciated!

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  35. I'm so glad you stopped by to comment Suzanne! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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  36. Hola Hilda: Muy bonitas las hortensias, con esos suaves colores las has representado de maravillas: Mis felicitaciones y un abrazo!

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  37. Muchisimas gracias Mercedes por tu comentario!! Tu eres muy amable! Un abrazo!!

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  38. This is just lovely, Hilda - I envy your ability to paint flowers so beautifully, too! So glad you're back and doing well - I've missed your beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you so much Connie! I really appreciate your words. I really need lots of practice painting flowers. I bought a book and seen some nice videos but it's not easy for me!! glad you stopped by!!

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    1. You're so kind Lisa! Thank you so much for stopping by and for commenting. Have a wonderful week.

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  40. You never can have "too many hydrangeas," Hilda. You've definitely captured the little flowers on each hydrangea bloom which are always so delicate and so perfect. I'm glad you decided to paint them.

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    1. Thank you so much Carol. I find it so difficult painting flowers.. but it's fun trying ... After looking at this painting I know I could have done better....I needed more darks.... Enjoy your day!!

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  41. Hydrangeas are so beautiful but complex to paint. Yours look lovely they must have looked glorious in real life too.

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  42. They were truly beautiful, Diana and a little bit of a challenge for me. I appreciate your very nice comment....I hope you enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  43. You did the Hydrangeas proud Hilda. They look exactly like this in a vase because their heads are so large, and you need quite a few to hold them in place.
    I have a vase filled with Hydrangeas which looks exactly like this one. I applaud you for attempting to paint this difficult subject, and acheiving fabulous results. Love it!:)

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  44. Thank you for such a nice comment Sonjia! You made my day! I just got back from vacation but I'll be visiting soon!!

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