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Hydrangeas and awards

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 responses

  1. lin

    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!

    July 30, 2008 at 9:28 pm

  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?

    July 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm

  3. Your hydrangeas beautiful no matter what color spills from your paintbrush! Congratulations on your award!

    July 31, 2008 at 4:01 am

  4. 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.

    July 31, 2008 at 2:43 pm

  5. Just looking at this makes me feel happy! So bright and splashy.

    July 31, 2008 at 8:21 pm

  6. 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. 🙂

    August 1, 2008 at 1:30 am

  7. I love your hydrangeas–they’re a difficult flower to paint, and these are brilliant!

    August 1, 2008 at 3:52 am

  8. 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.

    August 2, 2008 at 9:57 pm

  9. I love the free and loose flow of these. Beautiful, no matter what the color.

    August 3, 2008 at 1:03 am

  10. 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.

    August 3, 2008 at 3:09 pm

  11. 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!

    August 3, 2008 at 9:29 pm

  12. This is so beautiful it doesn’t have to be blue!
    Congrats on the awards.

    August 4, 2008 at 4:56 pm

  13. MD

    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.

    August 6, 2008 at 10:19 am

  14. So beautiful and fluid….I just love those spatters of yours!
    –What color do your hydrangeas become when dried?

    August 8, 2008 at 4:02 am

  15. You deserve the award! You have your own style and flare with color. Love the hydrangeas! 🙂

    August 10, 2008 at 9:03 pm

  16. Really stunning, Ronnell. A classic Ronnell, in fact.

    August 14, 2008 at 12:53 am

  17. 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.

    August 15, 2008 at 8:44 pm

  18. 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

    August 22, 2008 at 12:55 pm

  19. caseytoussaint

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

    August 28, 2008 at 11:19 am

  20. Wow!! These are beautiful! It’s nice to re-discover your blog!

    August 30, 2008 at 2:20 am

  21. 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.

    August 31, 2008 at 7:04 am

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