"Hot Pink Hydrangeas in Glass Jar" by Eleanor Erickson Hargrave (Available)
"Hot Pink Hydrangeas in Glass Jar". 12" x 12", Original Watercolor Painting. This painting is in my own impressionistic style using Holbein transparent watercolor paints. It was painted on Arches 140 lb, Artists Watercolor Paper. I love to paint flowers, whether it be roses, hydrangeas or any variety of spring flowers. These Hot Pink Hydrangeas remind me of some on the northern side of my Grandparents home. No matter what I say or write, I always think of Hydrangeas as "Grandma Flowers". That is my affectionate term for the these flowers. I had such fun painting them and with Hydrangeas it is a push pull thing to work them enough to take on the look of a Hydrangea without being overworked. Nothing worse than an overworked watercolor. I think in these I was able to capture this happy middle ground. As a child I asked how come some are pink and some blue..to which I was told the correct answer of it being due to the iron and feed content of each plant. This makes me wonder about the white ones, as if are they anemic? (probably the nurse in me). I sure hope not but it did make me wonder. This painting is available and the shipping will be free in the continental US. Any questions, please email me at email@example.com. Thanks, Eleanor.
I grew up in Pasadena, California, and have lived near the edge of the Arroyo my whole life. First with my parents and sister, and then later with my own family, with a son and three daughters. I had a happy and busy life. As the kids grew I also went back to school, earning my RN degree. I then worked at the hospital where I was born, as well as where I had my own children. I always had a desire to paint but never gave it much thought until one day...and the story goes from there. I became self taught until studying watercolor with, Nuttall, Wiegardt, Stoddard, and Swenson, some of the best. From there I went to Art Center College of Design, up on the hill, where I first learned of my passion to also paint in oil. I was signed up to take a workshop with, Charles Reid who is my very favorite artist in watercolor and oil. Since fall, I have been dealing with breast cancer so my desires to take certain classes have to go on the back burner for now. Just a bump in the road is all. I also have great admiration for the talent of Jeremy Lipking. I check out his work frequently and am in awe. He is really good..!!