Hydrangeas – Acrylic on black hand-made paper 11″ × 7″
This hand-made paper is very unforgiving – it doesn’t take kindly to water, which just soaks right through, and too much fiddling elicits fibres coming off and holes appearing! Any black in this painting is actually the paper showing through and not black paint.
For us in South Africa, Summer means a bright, sunshiny Christmas and it also means Hydrangeas. They start flowering during late November, through December until January, and are also called Christmas Roses. Instead of Holly and Ivy decorating tables and mantles, it is the Hydrangea that takes pride of place.
All the Hydrangeas in my garden (Tarlton, South Africa) have now finished flowering, leaving lovely, dried heads of flowers, ready to be picked and hung up for further drying. they actually make gorgeous arrangements once dried this way, and can last for absolute months.