The Chosen Hydrangeas by Nancy Medina
20X20, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
I clipped these hydrangeas from my garden this morning. It was particularly tough choosing who was going to succumb to the snippers! My hydrangea garden is all pastels this year, with pale blues and violets, whites and pinks and dusty roses. I suspect you'll be seeing a lot of these colors in new paintings to come.
I'm packing some of those colors for my journey workshop to Italy in June, where my students and I will be painting with superpower colors. I've used a few of them in The Chosen. If you detect just a bit of glow around those pink petals, you're seeing one of my favorite hues - permanent rose. I love using permanent rose as an underpainting for a pink flower. If you're careful not to cover all the permanent rose with petals, and let some of it shine through, you're rewarded with an extra color pop. Give it a try (even if you're working in acrylics instead of oils.) A note of caution: Be sure to don your apron and your goggles first, things will get super brightly precariously pink very quickly....!