I love hydrangea. The Chinese characters for this multi-colored flower mean "water chrysanthemum." Isn't it interesting? I guess the name has something to do with its cool palette, which ranges from blue, mauve, violet to yellow green. Yesterday, I went over to Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, VA to take pictures of hydrangea bushes. I have a couple of them blooming now in my garden; one is so enormous that it should be classified as a tree! But neither is near a charming picket fence.
Ideally, I should have painted them on location, as I have done last year, when I painted "White Picket Fence". But I knew better. The picket fence surrounds the gazebo at the park, which attracts a lot of small children for play. A few minutes of solitude in the hydrangea heaven was soon distrupted by the invasion of three kids with their moms. I myself used to take my daughter there for fresh air and exercise when she was a preschooler. So it was time to pack up. I painted "Hydrangea and Picket Fence" in my studio, wishing I could see the colors in the shadow better. Oh, well.
|"White Picket Fence" (oil, 11" x 14")|