Monday, December 6, 2010

Hydrangea WIP-Part 2 and Artalee Feature

I have worked some more on the hydrangea although I did not get as much done as I had planned during the last few days : I am celebrating my first week of retirement with a really bad head cold:-)
The hydrangea is certainly more complex than I thought. You really have to focus on each little one point, I think I was painting mini Xmas poinsettias instead of hydrangea petals:-)
I am using Arches CP 140 lb as usual, but from a pad rather than from a single sheet - I am finding that the paper is not reacting quite like I am used to: it bruises very easily and does not allow much scrubbing to lift the lights...For my next painting, I will certainly return to the single sheets cut down to the proper size.
So, without further ado, here is Part 2 of this WIP. The photo was taken insides and it is very overcast hre today again. I rarely say this, but I think this painting looks better in real life than on this picture.

There is still a fair amount of work to do on this painting.Let me know what you think.
Please visit the Artalee site where I have just featured another of my favorite artists and bloggers, Mollie Jones.!


  1. I think it's looking great! And just think of that cold this way: Now you can just rest and drink plenty of hot tea and toddies and bundle up on the sofa without having to worry about missing work or making up anything. You have the time to take care of yourself!!

  2. Thank you, Rhonda! It's probably because I have time to take care of myself that my body allowed itself to get sick...I always got sick during holidays or weekends only when I worked:-)

  3. This is coming along beautifully.

  4. It looks good! Take care of yourself.

  5. Christiane....I can't wait to see the finished piece. It looks great.

  6. Hi Christiane. Congratulations on so many things! On your retirement, your stepping into the full time world of painting, your Red Bubble award and also on being accepted into the Daily Painters! You are getting out there for sure. Can't wait to see what you are doing after settling into your new career. You are an inspiration. Many blessings. Ross

  7. Looks very good so far .. am looking forward to seeing how you complete it :) xx

  8. Deb, Vicki, Gretchen, Pat: thank you for the encouragement with this piece. I am almost done, but I am still bed-ridden with the worst cold I have had in a decade:-( Hopefully, I will be back at my brushes very, very soon.

    Ross: thank you for your very kind words, but I am really no inspiration:-) I am enthusiastic and afraid of being bored. Take care.

  9. It makes me smile when I look at it :)
    I really like it.

  10. Hi Johanne, thank you for stopping by again! I am glad you like this...I am trying to finish this painting five minutes at a time when my bad cold is letting me get out of bed:-)

  11. Hi Christiane!
    I've missed blogging.
    Yours is the first port of call, i was lost at sea for a long time there it seems.. laugh at myself.
    Congratulations on your retirement, not good having to celebrate with a head cold.. take it easy.
    Love the WIP so far.
    Thank you also for your ongoing support over in the bubble.
    In case i dont make it over before Christmas.. all the best for the festivities.

  12. Hi Christiane. This is coming along nicely. I find flowers to be the most challenging of all but so beautiful when done with watercolor. You have some lovely light patterns happening here and that is what sets watercolor apart from the rest. It is coming along beautifully and i look forward to seeing the finished painting! Hope you are feeling better.

  13. Perugina...I have missed you so much and it is so great to hear from you. Thank you for making me one of your ports of call...big hugs to you too and email me if you have a chance. Take good care of yourself and of your great talent.

    Ross, I think that the finished piece will have maintained some good highlights. I am feeling a little bit better, but could do a great Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer look-alike:-) Colds are such a nuisance especially when you have lots you want to get done.