Sunday, August 21, 2011

Exploration of a theme

I don't usually paint in series, preferring to do different flowers as the mood takes me, but I have recently become just a little bit obsessed with lacecap hydrangeas.  I've experimented with different papers and new ways to depict the delicate flowers, learning something each time.  Strangely I started with the largest, a half sheet of hot pressed Artistico, and have got progressively smaller.



The second attempt was a quarter sheet of Whatman, a very different paper.

Third, and last for now, a smaller study in analogous colours, measuring just 10" x 7".  I think this is my favourite so far.


11 comments:

Art said...

Beautiful flower pictures

Sadami said...

Hi,Ruth,
Gorgeous!!!Congrats.
Cheers,Sadami

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I like all three. The last is stronger with hard and soft edges and value contrasts. It does need a touch of yellow which is the missing part of your triad of red, blue and ...

Judy said...

Really beautiful, Ruth!

Ruth S Harris said...

Thank you Art.

Dear Sadami, you are always so encouraging, thank you!

Thanks Jenny, the third was an exercise in analogous colour, so yellow would have been out of place.

Thank you Judy!

AtelierBrigitte said...

They all are wonderful, but I agree with you that the third has just that 'extra'.

Diana said...

Beautiful Ruth, My favorite is the first.. that loose right corner is wonderful!! take care,Diana

Becca said...

Your artwork is stunning! I would love to be able to paint like this! Glad I found your blog!

Cindi said...

hi ruth... i love them all they are say something different.. but i think my fav is the first one.. cause it says so much.. love the looseness you have achieved... hope you're doing well!!
cindi

Stephanie said...

good Idea with the salt
comes good

peg said...

Ruth, the new hydrangea series is really beautiful.