The Chosen Hydrangeas and How to Make Your Pinks Glow

The Chosen – White Hydrangeas
20X20, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas, Purchase Information

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Italy and France 2016

I clipped these hydrangeas from my garden this morning, it was particularly tough choosing who was going to succumb to the snippers. My hydrangea garden is all pastels this year, pale blues and violets, whites and pinks and dusty roses. I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot of those colors in new paintings to come!

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We’ll be painting with superpower colors in Italy, and I’ve used a few in The Chosen. Can you tell which colors they are – do some seem to glow a bit, especially in the pink flowers? One of my favorite ways to underpaint pink hydrangeas is to start with permanent rose. If you’re careful not to cover all the permanent rose with petals, and let some of it shine through, you’ll be rewarded with a extra color pop between and around the flower petals. Give it a try and let me know what you think. There’s a reason I consider permanent rose to be a superpower color!

The moment of truth, who shall be clipped, and who shall be spared? hmm…

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Nancy Medina

Nancy is a master signature artist and instructor with over 1800 online students from around the world. She has worked with Disney, served on the art faculty of the Dallas Arboretum, and teaches workshops in France, Italy and across the US. More about Nancy

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