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Art Challenge: Hydrangea

Art Challenge: Hydrangea

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I didn’t do any sketches.. I just studied these pictures and noted that the flowers are small and soft and translucent!

They come in blue and purple and some are pink!  I even saw some pink ones at the floral section of Fresh Market a couple of weeks ago. I like the way some artists did a very loose painting of the flower.

Some are very realistic.  Some are a close up which is great when trying to understand what exactly these little petals look like!  I think it’s important to know the whole plant before trying to capture one with glass!

The pict that really caught my eye was of a lone MASON JAR (duh..that’s prolly what caught my eye!!!) holding a couple of hydrangeas!  What I loved m ost about it was the way it was composed!Hydrangea-idea-300x240

It’s off to the side and the blank space makes it more soothing and “open.”

I noticed that these flowers have large heart shaped leaves…and the one in my model photo didn’t have any.

I decided that I’d use this photo (from the fine folks at etsy shop: Laugh Love Photo.) as my inspiration for
color and composition, but I’d add the leaves to make it really look like a Hydrangea!

Enough study, time to create!

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I knew I wanted to petals to have the same color and ethereal quality to them.  And I knew I had some glass that could pull off the effect.

Don’t ask me where I found these things.  I have no idea.  It’s a hint as to how much glass I really have on hand at any given moment.

I have TONS!  These little balls are thin.  They are a lot like Christmas ornaments.  I wanted to tint them a light pink color and for that I used Strawberry Spray Paint TINT (get it at michaels) A couple of quick squirts did the trick!

Then I crushed them with a hammer in a plastic bag.  They broke up pretty easily.  My hand is in there so you can see what little glass it yielded!

But thankfully, I didn’t need much!

Now it’s time to paint!

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I gathered some paint colors and started painting really fast.  I decided that the painting part of this piece would be more dominant than what I usually do.

I really wanted to end up with a painting that closely matched my inspiration photo.

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I like what I painted!  My canvas was wider that the photo I was using for reference..but I just “went with it.”

Now time to add the glass. Except.. when I put the beautiful, thinly transparent glass down, it got lost in the painting!

SO…the blurry photo shows you that I PULLED OFF the little glass flakes (I only put a couple of pinches worth down) and then WENT OVER the flowers with white paint.

I  didn’t completely cover the painted flowers, but really..I wanted mostly white there.  That way, the pretty pink glass would take precedence!

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The pict above shows the re painted flowers on the left, and the nearly finished piece on the right.  After I laid down the pink glass, I added bubbles to “fluff” it up.

Then I added leaves from spare wine bottles.  I thought I’d end it there…I toyed with the thought of covering the blue mason jar with, well, a broken blue mason jar, but I didn’t want to take away from my strong painting!  I needed more glass tho (go figure!!).

I instead, decided to cover the foreground with raw shapes of clear sheet glass.  I knew at that moment.  I was done!  I signed it with an “M” in clear glass, lower right hand corner and mixed me up some resin!

Voila!

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Thanks for creating with me!

I’ll have these notes and the final art piece hanging at The Shard Shop for the first coupla weeks in March!

Peace Love Glass

Mary