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. 

Framed White Hydrangea Painting
“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.

The Framing

Is it really a blog if I don’t mention the framing?

Maybe…

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. 

Here’s a glimpse of “Genuine Intention” in my workspace.

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. 

Stay Creative, 

Justin Erickson


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