I am absolutely thrilled to call this one done! We are officially past the half way mark for the project. I’m technically creating these at random, but part three features a white hydrangea and bumblebees. You could consider this an exploration of genuine intention.
You might have noticed this is the first time I have illustrated a hydrangea. Admittedly I’ve been intimidated by the volume of petals and I can confirm that its a task and a half. The piece took 3 hours longer than the milkweed did and will likely remain the most time consuming in the series.
Theres 131 different petals. I just counted.
Including a White Hydrangea
For such a large and vibrant flower you might be surprised to learn that the hydrangea represents heartfelt emotion, genuine intention, apology, and a desire to understand.
All very difficult things to express with words alone.
One of the negative interpretations of the hydrangea symbolizes boastfulness. I am feeling pretty proud of this piece and you could argue I am being boastful about it. Sharing it on social media, and here in my blog. I find the coincidence funny.
Here’s something you may not know. You can actually change the colour of a hydrangeas blooms based on the acidity of the soul they’re in.
If you have a white or pink hydrangea in your garden by adding things like coffee grounds, or orange peals to the soil around it. In a few days the blooms will start changing colour. As a result they usually become blue.
For the avid gardener out there here’s some care tips.
Is it really a blog if I don’t mention the framing?
For this one, It has been set in the same wooden frame as the others in the series and double matted with two crisp white mats. It’s a touch on the traditional side for my taste. However I think it suits the piece extremely well.
Like the others the original is 4”x6” inches.
The outside measurement of the frame is 9.5”x11.5” inches.
Now I get to decide which piece to start next. Sunflowers, or some Ball Dahlias. I might have to flip a coin.