photo of my easel at work on the painting July Blue.

 
My easel at work on "July Blue"
 
Oil - 24 x 36
 
It was really easy to fall in love with the idea of this painting. I've always been a little bit of a hydrangea nut, and I've included our daughter's slide for full disclosure : >) I had the sneaking suspicion that I would need more than one season on this one anyway, but the deer eating the hosta just to the left of the ladder really cinched it. Scroll down to see how far I've gotten recently.
 
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"July Blue" in progress
 
Oil - 24 x 36
 
It is always a question, where to start any painting, and with this one I decided to start with the left center section because it holds most of the high-contrast action. I felt that once that was working well, the rest could relate to it. The flowers in the right half are mostly in shade, and I managed to get a couple of the colors captured. They've past that phase now, but I'm going to keep at it with anything else that is remaining similar. I know that next year's flowers will be in different spots, but I already think it will be kind of fun stitching or weaving the two different years together in that way.
 
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July Blue, painting in progress