Notes from the Garden – Hydrangea

nc TM9533 Notes from the Garden – Hydrangea 20×30 oil on panel

The garden has been a theme in art for a thousand years. With such a long history, and works from so many cultures across time, the question is what more can I add? The short answer is I don’t know! But the only way to find the answer is to start painting/playing. The pleasure of the pursuit might be enough, but maybe someone else will find pleasure in these paintings too, and that would be even better. More than that, only time will tell….details below. Enjoy.

TM9533 Notes from the Garden – Hydrangea – detail from center
TTM9533 Notes from the Garden – Hydrangea – detail from upper left

Technical painting notes: I started by rolling a thinned, payne’s grey oil paint on the panel with a soft roller, using the roller marks to block out the lights and darks. Selective wiping clarified some shapes. I let this layer dry, then used alkyd glazes to bring in color masses. From this point, it was a game between painting the “correct” details and taking advantage of the scattered and arbitrary roller strokes and accidents to build an interesting image.

2 thoughts on “Notes from the Garden – Hydrangea

  1. Love your paintings…. I have ever since you were in high school. I’m not surprised that you have become famous during your lifetime.

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