Friday, June 24, 2011

Hydrangeas and Wine Bucket


12" X 16" oil on stretched canvas

The only painting I have done for the past several weeks is in my weekly art class.  I worked on this painting over three class periods.

I painted the background of hydrangea shrubs first, and while I was painting I experienced that wonderful feeling of joy that is the reason we all paint.  I loved the colors and forms in the background and couldn't wait until the next class to continue on the painting.

Alas, I think my muse deserted me, because the next sessions were nothing but struggle, disappointment and a lot of wiping off.  I'm not pleased with the final result, but it's the best I could do at this point in my painting  journey!

I've really missed painting and visiting your blogs.  Only within the last few days have I begun to recover from the move and spend a little time on the computer.   I told my husband I haven't been this tired since I had a baby!  The garage is still full of boxes, but we can move around inside now.  For me, one of the hardest parts of moving is making the decisions of where to put stuff!

We have had so much company, also--with cookouts and overnight guests.  All our family and friends are excited about our new house and want to come for a visit.   My grandson from Houston has come to  visit for a month, so I've been busy with two little boys this week.  Next week they each will have a day camp, so maybe I can get in some painting!

Thanks to everyone who visited my blog and wished me well in the move.  I think the worst is over!    Now it's time to enjoy the house.

25 comments:

  1. So glad to see you back! I think you did a marvelous job on the hydrangea blossoms. They are beautiful!

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  2. Il faut prendre soin de vous ma chère... Prendre un peu de repos.
    Une belle toile toutefois engageante avec ce seau et ces bouteilles de vin... On sent le besoin de break avec un verre de vin... tout près de votre chevalet...
    Je ne sais pas si vous n'êtes pas satisfaite de votre travail, mais moi j'aime beaucoup l'harmonie de couleurs de cette toile. De toute façon le mécontentement est le plus souvent le sentiment qu'ont les artistes, n'est-ce pas?
    Gros bisous

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  3. Glad you are painting again and sharing your work!! The hydrangeas are sooo pretty! One of my favorite flowers! Very nice!

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  4. I hope you do enjoy your new house. Moving is such a hassle, but exciting. I like the blossoms too. They're so fluffy and pretty. Good luck. :-)

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  5. I agree with Karen, the blossoms are beautiful. As for the move, it makes me tired to think about packing my studio. Enjoy tour new home.

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  6. Thank you everyone! Especially Allison! I'll be drinking that glass of wine this evening!

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  7. We both have wine on our minds:) This is lovely. Your hydrangeas are beautiful. Enjoyed reading how you painted them. The bottles of wine are great- love the ellipses. So happy for you in the new home- enjoy that and all the company. Painting will always be there for you:)

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  8. I have been having major problems with my blog...I have been unable to comment on anyone's blog...sorry...I am trying something different and we will see if this works!

    Lovely painting!

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  9. This is a really good and ambitious set up. You really have that hydrangea blue going for you. Enjoy the grape! :)

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  10. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, Virginia. My graandmother has two large bushes in her garden. You did an outstanding job with them. Absolutely lovely. So glad to see you back.

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  11. Hi Virginia,

    Love this painting. Great colors and wonderful composition. In fact, I think I will have a glass of wine. I have a bit of catching up to do, had no idea you moved. Best of luck in your new home.

    Joan

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  12. Virginia, Beautiful work, you have not missed a beat! I love the hydrangas! Congratulations on your move, and welcome home!

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  13. I really love this painting Virginia! The colors in the flowers and wine bottles really speaks to me. Nice work!

    And I SO agree with you about the hardest part of a move. I can never figure out where to put stuff!! Enjoy the new house.

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  14. Virginia, I know what you feel after a moving, you certainly need a big rest this summer , and thank you for dropping by my blog, and all the other ones, and go on your nice painting!

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  15. Virgina, I am signing on as a follower today! I,too, know the stuggles of trying to paint when one has to move, entertain, etc. Even though we love being close to family and for our friends to visit, it is hard to find painting time! I do think your painting turned out great. I like the way the background is secondary and makes the blossoms pop. They are so pretty. Hope you will follow my blog, too.

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  16. FIRST..Don't do too much Virginia. Your house will always be here...do a little at a time! SECOND..This painting is awesome. I love flowers and wish I can paint them...your Hydrangeas look very realistic! Congratulations.

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  17. I think you've done a beautiful job! Bottles *AND* hydrangeas - you don't make things easy for yourself! LOL This is very nicely painted - don't be too hard on yourself. Congrats on the new house!

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  18. Glad your back. Very nice painting. Makes me want to celebrate.

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  19. Welcome back, Virginia! It's good to see you working again and I think you did very well with this. I really like the color combination, the softness of the flowers in the background and detail in the foreground.

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  20. Virginia, I think your painting is lovely and captures a Summer vibe. It's very pretty and hydrangeas are my favorite. Hope you had a great 4th!

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  21. Just a quick hello, and thank you so much for your comments on my work. It is lovely to wake up in the morning and find that someone has been visiting overnight! And left a message. I love it!! Thank you.

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  22. This is such a well thought out painting. Love the palette, the way the background plays a nice part but doesn't take away from the star of the show. Fabulous job on the Hydrangeas...an always difficult subject.

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  23. Hi Virginia! I'm soooo glad to see you've found time to paint again. I love how you described your process on this one and I SO identify with it! (The background of the painting is indeed stunning, very subtle and well done!) Can't wait to see what you do next!

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