Touch of Fall White Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel
Touch of Fall White Hydrangeas was one of my class demonstrations today in Collierville, Tennessee. The ladies produced a plethora of lovely white hydrangeas, painting from life this afternoon, and fueled by gourmet cake donuts provided by our gracious host and hostess, Carolyn and Emory Brown. I'm glad they had the donuts, because I unintentionally traumatized the entire class trying to make a point this afternoon.
I asked everyone to come up to the front of the room and stretch and relax just a bit, since they were focusing so intently on their own paintings. I had just finished a second hydrangea painting, and demonstrated how to put tiny bits of violet into the shadows to give these flowers just one more dimension of color. While my students were happily stretching and relaxing, I took my Viva paper towel (you may recall I own stock in Viva...) - and I WIPED the whole painting from top to bottom, obliterating my white hydrangea painting in one sweep of the towel. There were cries of dismay and my friend Carolyn was about ready to smack me. I promised it wasn't my intent to psychologically scar my students, I just wanted to emphasize you can disengage from these class paintings, because they are excercises, not masterpieces. I re-applied the hydrangea and repaired the damage in order to make up for the shock value of the lesson. The last thing I want is to have students sitting the corner rocking. The workshop police would serve me with a citation for that, I'm fairly certain...
A talented bunch of Tennessee ladies!