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04-21-2003, 03:39 PM
If any beginner watercolourists are looking at this, here is a learning experience. I was about 1/3rd into the painting and it looked ugly like sin. Couldn't even tell it was supposed to be a hydrangea. I was ready to ditch it, but then the little voice reminded me and said "remember, you have had many other fairly decent paintings go through this ugly stage". O.K. so I carried on and below is the end result. Moral of the story - never give up until absolutely sure that all is lost!!!!!!

Thanks for looking and all comments and suggestings invited!

1/4 sheet


04-21-2003, 03:40 PM
Wow. This really turned out beautifully! I couldn't see the image earlier - something went wacky with my browser. Thanks for showing us the end result!


04-21-2003, 03:41 PM
This is gorgeous. Yes, I've had that happen too. I wish you had taken a photo of it at the "ugly" stage, so we could see what you transformed it from. Thanks for sharing.


04-21-2003, 03:52 PM
Uschi - This is outstandingly gorgeous !

....can't imagine that your "ugly stage " looks as bad as my ugley stage -LOL!

You've focused on just the right amount of petals which to me would be hard to do with a hydrangea . Your leaves are lovely too.

Bravo !:clap: :clap:


04-21-2003, 03:57 PM
this turned out great!! i'm glad you persevered.


04-21-2003, 03:57 PM

Beautiful! The purple hydrengea with the shadows and the light on them are gorgeous and the white balls are perfect behind them. The way that the flower flows into the background in the back is also just perfect.
I love it, Uschi.

I can't decide about the white doily in the corner, though... It's masterfully painted, but I am not sure whether it does not compete with the flower too much? A wash of very light blue perhaps, just to lower the contrast? (But then, that white looks so nice and fresh, so I maybe I should just keep quiet.)


04-21-2003, 03:59 PM
Wow, Uschi, this is really beautiful. I wish you had a post of the "ugly" stage, it would be interesting to see.

(My "ugly stage" is a little different than yours, mine is called "there, finished!") :D


04-21-2003, 03:59 PM
Uschi, this is stunning, i really like it,.,......one of my favorite flowers.........

Know what you mean about the ugly stage........been there.....:rolleyes:

04-21-2003, 04:00 PM
This is gorgeous! I love the flowers and the little white ones in between.

lyn lynch
04-21-2003, 04:10 PM
LOL, Bob, I gotta DITTO on that.

Beautifully, done Uschi. Now this is Hydrangea. JUust the correct amount of detail to show that it is. Love the little ballies intrusion and the lace cloth. Great composition [I know a good one, just can't paint one] LOL.

04-21-2003, 04:17 PM
Very beautiful, thank's for sharing your experience, will save the bad ones for awhile.

04-21-2003, 04:31 PM

Glad you kept going past the "teenage" stage of your painting, your hydrangea turned out beautifully. I especially like how you showed the unopened parts of the blossom mixed in with the opened ones.

I was confused by the doily in the lower right side, so I tend to agree with Olga about that part of the painting, but I really like the flowers a lot.

I planted a Japanese hydrangea last year. They form a flat flower instead of the ball of the regular hydrangea. Can't wait til they bloom and I can take some reference photos this year. They have a long way to go before I can do that though.

04-21-2003, 04:34 PM
Erin, Bethany, Barb and Karenj - THANK YOU!!!!

Thanks Michelle - yes, I should have, never even occured to me to take a photo
Bre, thank you!!! That's what you think, believe me, there is no false modesty in me, I meant it when I said ugly as sin

Olga - thank you!! and you know what, I agree with you re lace. As a matter of fact was going to ask what people thought about it but then forgot to add this question. SO, NEVER KEEP QUIET WHEN YOU HAVE GOOD INFO TO SHARE!!!!!

I don't know about the blue glaze, I too like the white, so will try my trusted scrubbing brush first and see what happens.

Bob and Fookie - ha, ha, ha, still laughing re your interpretation of "ugly" and thank you both!!!!

Oh Jan, just saw your reply. Yes, you do that! Thank you!

04-21-2003, 04:36 PM
GORGEOUS USCHI!!! I would have loved to have seen it at the point you were ready to give up. Just beautiful and it certainly is 'fodder' for us beginners to not despair too quickly when we think about tossing our paintings on the 'discard" pile.

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04-21-2003, 04:43 PM
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Absolutely gorgeous Uschi!!!! I love these flowers! I'm glad you decided to keep going and didnt give up on this! I know how you feel though, I feel that way about almost every painting I do! :) :clap: :clap:

04-21-2003, 05:46 PM
Originally posted by painterbear

Glad you kept going past the "teenage" stage of your painting, your hydrangea turned out beautifully. I especially like how you showed the unopened parts of the blossom mixed in with the opened ones.

I was confused by the doily in the lower right side, so I tend to agree with Olga about that part of the painting, but I really like the flowers a lot.

Ditto... Teenagers grow up (they really, honestly do) and move on... Your painting is a forever thing! Great therapy too! LOL

Having a little trouble with the beautifully painted doily. I like it, then I don't... I like it, then I don't... I suspect it's competing with the blossom for my attention...

04-21-2003, 05:56 PM
I too would have liked to see how the painting was like before you decided to infuse a second life in it... Right now, it's beautiful as it is!

Love the colors.

Paul Hopkinson
04-21-2003, 06:06 PM
You have really kept the colours and freshness in this painting. Well handled!


Strawberry Wine
04-21-2003, 06:52 PM
BEAUTIFUL Uschi!!! I had never seen this type of hydrangea before with the little ballies in the center until this year or maybe I did and thought they were unopened blossoms.

Not sure about the doilie either. To tell the truth, I was so inthralled with the flower that I missed it completely and had to go take a second look, with a What doilie? I didn't see a doilie!!!

I can't imagine the ugly stage. Moral here is take a photo of ugly stage if it should happen again. I ditched a hydrangea painting not too long ago. It was way past ugly, it was definitely dead with not a sparkle of life but I would be interested to see what stage is the "ugly"


P.S. I would love to see a tutorial of a rose or whatever floral explaining the step by step procedure you use. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:



04-21-2003, 07:04 PM
Thanks for the 'beginner' encouragement Ushci. I have put gesso over many of my ugly attempts and then painted over in acrylics!

Your painting is beautiful.

04-21-2003, 07:45 PM
Your painting is stunning!:clap: :clap: :clap:

Little Old Lady
04-21-2003, 08:07 PM
I love the flowers and the doily. Not sure about them together.

04-21-2003, 08:55 PM
Hi Annetta, Patti, Lylvia, Char, Loki, Paul, Lulu and fun2cook and thank you all so much for looking and your nice words.

To answer the doilie concern, I scrubbed the heck out of it and it is now a very light blue and not so invasive.

Gail, thank you - re when is ugly ugly? Well one when it looks dirty which by now thank God doesn' happen too often any more, and secondly, when I can't recognize what the heck I am painting which is what happened here. HA!

04-21-2003, 09:44 PM
Absolutely beautiful painting, Uschi. I just planted one of these this year.


04-21-2003, 10:24 PM
beautiful painting!

and great advice on getting past that ugly stage!!!

that reminds me - I have a few 'uglies' I should take another look at! lol.

Susie. :)

04-21-2003, 11:48 PM
beautiful painting ! can't imagine where the ugly was, but it's a beauty now...very nice !!

04-22-2003, 04:47 AM
really lovely! I like the flower and laces as well: beautiful composition!
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ciao, rapolina.

04-22-2003, 04:58 AM
Very intense colours, glad you stuck with it-------------well done----------Alan

04-22-2003, 07:40 AM
Jan, Susie, Faafil, Rapolina and Alan - Thank you!!!!!! Your nice comments are much appreciated!!!!!!

Crystal Owl
04-22-2003, 08:05 AM
Beautiful Uschi! :clap: :clap: :clap:


04-22-2003, 08:55 AM
WOW. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
I am such a fan of yours.

04-22-2003, 09:05 AM
Great result, glad you didn't give up...

04-22-2003, 09:09 AM
Beautiful, Uschi!
colors are gorgeous, shadows and texture, and beautiful composition!! Bravo!!:clap:


04-22-2003, 10:32 AM
Uschi, it's stunning! Your florals always turn out amazing. It's hard to imagine the ugly stage. You are so right about not giving up in the middle of painting. I tend to go through "I hate this" stage with almost every of my paintings.:)

04-22-2003, 10:54 AM



I bought my Mom a hydrangea for Easter and I took a whole whack of photos to paint someday :) I thought those petals were to intricate to paint but you've given me hope!!


04-22-2003, 11:02 AM
Very beautiful image!

04-22-2003, 04:23 PM
Irene, Els, Mindy, Giselle and Nina - Thanks you, your responses are so encouraging and uplifting!!!

Sandi - Thank you and vice versa!!!!!!

Em - Thank you!! The individual flowers aren't hard but it's so easy to lose your place with all the inbetween stuff. Did you buy a hydrange with ballies too? If you run out of pictures I have more HA!

05-08-2003, 10:54 AM
Uschi I missed this!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad I went exploring, your hydrangea with ballies is the most beautiful painting of a hydrangea I've seen! Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, hydrangea with ballies is a Lacecap Hydrangea, and I have one in my garden too :D


05-08-2003, 01:04 PM
These are very beautiful. The colors are vibrant, yet soothing. Very nice work.

05-08-2003, 01:23 PM
Uschi ........ the shade of blue is wonderful ... as it the rest !

05-08-2003, 01:58 PM


How did I miss this?

GREAT WORK:clap: :clap: :clap: