Saturday, March 27, 2010
Hydrangeas are often thought of as a truly Victorian flower. In the large manor houses of England, it was easy to fill huge vases with their beautiful blossoms since hydrangeas grow to be as big as a salad plate! That may be why in the language of flowers they are known as "A boaster".
Here at Rosecote hydrangeas are a little harder to grow. Though I may not have a hydrangea tree, I purchase a hydrangea bush every season, and when it starts blooming, there is much celebration, and should I say, even a boastful attitude!
You may also be in love with this flower. As a decorative artist you may have tried to paint your own interpretation of its masses of petals. Whether painted suggestively and loose, or with photo-realism, their old-fashioned loveliness make hydrangeas utterly desirable.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
This is a vignette that I created on my bedroom dresser using a piece I designed with a pink hydrangea as a focal point and arranging a few of my perfume bottles along with it. My bedspread print is muted pink hydrangeas with roses on an ivory background. The vignette compliments the bedspread colors while repeating the design elements.
When creating vignettes it is good to consider using different textures such as shiny surfaces along with dull. Note the tapestry potpourri pouch next to the lamp. It makes a nice statement with the glass. Varying heights and widths of elements within the vignette also add interest.
More decorating ideas to follow. Hydranges were my inspiration! Find some one thing or maybe a color and move out the winter decor for a new Spring look.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Soon I will buy my annual hydrangea bush for the yard. I don't seem to have much luck growing them here in Northern Colorado from one year to the next. Since growing them is a challange for me, I can paint them from pictures I have taken, arrangements, or use artificial hydrangeas as my model. I also like to browse through a book I purchased several years ago. It is titled, Hydrangeas, by Darla Price Bowman. There are photos of hydrangeas in every setting and a variety of species. The photography is well done. The text offers hydrangea legends and lore, "explores the mysteries of hyrangeas' color", and gives details on how to dry hydrangeas for bouquets.
You may find this book and others to be your inspiration for your next hydrangea painting. I am in a "hydrangea frame of mind" and there is a painting taking shape! I am getting ready to decorate for spring....7 more days!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Finally! This one I am keeping. I have painted this Mary Jo Leisure design at least 3 times, and each time I have given it away, but this one goes on my sofa table. It is a stand-alone painting on wood, trimmed with gold leaf, which has a receptacle attached on the back side in which I can arrange some greenery or some filler flowers. I am getting ready to decorate for Spring! Countdown.....11 days!
Friday, March 5, 2010
'Painting' using my computer has really been an exciting way to create. New ideas are just bubbling in my head. I either need more time or a clone!
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