The hydrangeas in my garden are supposed to be blue, but the soil doesn’t play along. They start out with tints of blue and then turn a dark, bright pink, almost red. It makes for a very pinkish/reddish painting, but at least I had fun doing it.

This was done with watercolour on Fabriano artistico, HP extra white, 23×30,5 cm.

…hydrangeas, red and blue…

I also want to thank Mark from Paper Raven Art, Pamyla from Musings and Maggie from Scquiltaddict, for this award. I really appreciate it.

Like everybody else, I also would like to pass it on to so many people and since I feel I can’t stop at five names, I decided that I would this time like to pass it on to Cathy G at Asketchintime, who does beautiful art, experiments with all kinds of media, who often tries new directions, new techiniques, new approaches. She is an inspiration as well as a supportive friend. No obligations Cathy!

21 thoughts on “Hydrangeas and awards

  1. WHAT MAGICAL DELIGHT!! LOOSE, PAINTERLY, RICH COLORS — PERFECT HYDRANGEA!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Here in NC our soil at 4.5 ph wouldn’t know pink if I dipped the flowers in dye ….!

    So glad to see your paintings!!! I LOVE ’em!

  2. Whew, Ronell – just wandered over here and I feel quite overcome… 🙂 Sketchintime’s first birthday(blogday?) tomorrow and an award too – thanks so much. You have been a huge inspiration to me all along this little journey – I look forward to many more interactions and maybe a sketchdate, somewhere, sometime!?
    Love your lively pink/red hydrangeas – they are quite determined aren’t they, choosing which colour to be in spite of all gardening efforts to change them?

  3. What a wonderful riot of pink, Ronell. I love the way way you’ve let the flowers emerge from the negative space. Luscious.

    I can’t get hydrangeas to grow at all. No blue around earlier in the year, so I tried white – and they turned up their toes.

  4. Congratulations, Ronell! You are brilliant in so many ways. That red hydrangeas painting is excellent for this post, because the colors are brilliant and oh so bold. 🙂

  5. Gorgeous, Ronell! There’s such energy and excitement in your sketch(es)! You can augment the soil’s acidity to change the pink blossoms to blue. Try amending the soil this fall for blue blossoms next summer.

  6. Wow – what a beautiful splash of red and pink!! Wet and luscious and a delight to my eyes!!! I haven’t visited blogs in a while and it’s been a delight to stop in and see all the beauties you’ve added. Truly a feast of eye candy.

  7. Congrats on your award, you deserve it for providing endless hours of beautiful sketches and words! I love your flowers, a bit of lime in the soil next year will help your hydrangeas turn blue!

  8. My goodness Ronell! This is gorgeous. Lovely lovely loose luscious colour. I love it!
    I’ve not been around for ages, and have missed looking at your art. Nice to see you again.

  9. Gorgeous. loose and luscious.
    I have a very strange hydrangea out the back that has all three colours growing, each with it’s own area, Pure blue at the back of the bush, purple in the middle and like your painting deep pink at the front of the bush, I’m not complaining, it’s great ,I love it.

  10. Hello my friend

    I am finally back online, and it feels so great.
    I have just gone through all the wonderful creations you have done in my absence, and I am in awe.

    I can’t wait to start enjoying visiting every day and getting my morning fix.

    Have a wonderful day

  11. Beautiful work, Ronell! It’s been ages since I’ve seen your garden – can I come for a visit sometime soon?

  12. Hi there,
    It’s been a while since I’ve visited but I see you haven’t posted lately so at least I haven’t missed much. These are so vibrant. I have the same problem with mine. I know there’s something you’re supposed to stick in the ground to make them blue (iron maybe?).. I haven’t gotten around to try it though. I hope all is well with you.

Tthank you for your visit and comment, II appreciate it!

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