Hydrangea: from Greek hydro - 'water' + angeion 'vessel' (from the cup shape of its seed capsule). There are 5 main types of hydrangea in North America. This type is commonly known as Mophead or French and is native to Japan. The flower in this painting was not fully developed into the 'mop'. I was more interested in the variation of bloom color at this early stage. The almost white young petals had a green tint that was fun to mix. Interestingly, this showy part of the flower is sterile.
Balancing Act Baltimore Orioles, 2019, Oil on Board, 8"x8"
In an earlier post I mentioned that I might not oil in the ground. In the end I did oil it. There were areas that had been worked later and showed a difference in the surface that needed rectifying. The Oriole on the left has a cheeky attitude that adds more interest to the narrative than the bird on the right. It's important to not only find a position that shows the feathers but that creates a feeling of life and movement.