Blue Flowers, Gold Vase

Blue Flowers, Gold Vase
Riva Brown Watercolor


Spring is under way and the Hydrangeas are in bloom. Naturally, let's paint.

The Technical Challenge

Just how fussy do you make the flowers? Each artist chooses his or her own answer. You can tell a lot about the thought process of any given artist by how they answer this question. My answer is always, "Enough to tell you "Hydrangeas" and no more. Then, the question is to balance the organic nature of the flowers against the hard, man-made nature of the vase.…to allow the Blue of flowers to speak to the Orange of vase. To that end, I've added a fictitious Orange flower center, and used the Blue of the flowers to neutralize the base of the vase.