......not the sort of day for standing outside painting. That's what I was faced with yesterday at Arlington Court. My intention was to paint a plein air study of a hydrangea - they have some lovely shrubs over there, so before the flowers went over too much, I wanted to capture at least one of them.
A good idea in theory, but it was cold and misty when I arrived yesterday - life of a painter! Thankfully the staff at Arlington are really helpful, they agreed for me to paint in their Exhibition area (currently the bookshop, where I painted the other week). But first, I needed some reference photos, so off I set with my camera...
As you see, some of the flowers were going over, but even so, there was something very nice about them too. In amongst all the blues, there was one pink flower...
did you spot the spider!
As tempting as it was to paint the pink version, (and that would have been minus the spider),
I opted for blue
and went with this photo for reference - thought it had a nice shape
At this point I left it. This oil painting needs to dry, otherwise I would be moving paint around too much.
It also gives me the chance to set it aside, and come back to it when it is dry.
I will then work on it again, to hopefully complete.
~ Will update you on this in a week or so ~