Blue and Pink Hydrangea
12x12 Original Oil Painting on Wrap Around Canvas
Composition is always one of the first things I think about when I begin the process of painting. I have found that it is better for me to think things out first. When painting from a picture as beautiful as the one Dana Marie has provided, many decisions seem to be already made for me. It is rather tempting to paint exactly as the image. Since it is such a wonderful image in the first place, I began to think first in terms of originality and format. Where should I place the focal point? I didn't want to copy her image exactly. I decided to go for a square format, 12x12, and squeeze the clusters of hydrangea a little closer. Next, I changed a couple of the flowers to shades of pinks and red blue-purples. Early on as I painted I wanted to use more yellows and yellow oranges in the background to complement the blue and purple shades of the hydrangea. This set a perfect stage for the little yellow beauties to become more harmoneous to the whole composition. What fun! Thank you Dana Marie. Hope your move goes well.