Summer flies by too fast! My gardens have been blooming with beautiful Annabelle "Hills of Snow" hydrangeas this July - they are one of my very favorite flowers and I ALWAYS do one or two paintings of them while they are in bloom.
This year, I kept looking at their pure white loveliness as I went about my garden work, thinking of how I'd like to catch the sunlight on them in watercolor. But time slipped away, I was busy with custom orders and before I knew it, all the blooms had turned green (meaning they were spent for the most part).
All except one.
So, early in the morning, I went out and cut that last one and brought it inside and put it into a vase. Sad to cut it, but it would make a beautiful addition to my botanical illustration series. Botanical paintings ought to be done from the live plant and because they can take all day and into the night, it is usually useful to bring them into the studio.
This one did take all day (and into the night) to complete, but I kept at it before the flower totally wilted. The result was worth it, I think!
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Hydrangea Botanical Fine Art Print for sale in my Fine Art Print Shop