Hydrangea still life is painted on a 30×20″ canvas, using thick pinks and purples, lilacs, and blues. Each draws you in and each glimpse reveals more detail, more colour pops. The vibrancy of each colour holding its own space whilst being part of something else. A stunning piece which would hold space on any wall.
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My Mother in law bought me a beautiful bunch of pink and purples hydrangeas. I knew I wanted to paint the purple and pinks they shed in my home with their beautiful petals.
We love hydrangeas for their giant cluster flowers that grace gardens and bouquets around the world, but there’s much more to these classic, romantic shrubs than meets the eye.
Believe it or not, you can tell a lot about hydrangea plant care by its name. Hydrangea is from Greek descent: “Hydor” means water and “angos” means jar or vessel. This explains hydrangeas’ need for lots of water to thrive.
Each hydrangea color also has a meaning behind it:
For one type known as bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), you can change the colour of their flowers by manipulating the soil acidity with soil amendments. The more acidic the soil, the bluer your hydrangeas will turn out. The more alkaline, the pinker your hydrangeas will be. Science for the win!
People love this plant so much, there’s a day dedicated to it!
Hydrangea Day is January 5. Ironically, the flowers are out of season at this time.
monarchs dive in .. hydrangea shakes her fluffy head .. lilac takes the lead .. embracing and hugging ..bees take their sweet time – just some of the sweet poems written about Hydrangea – find more HERE
Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator. One of Northern Ireland’s top artists, widely known for her Belfast prints and impressionist techniques. She has several accolades to her name, most recently:
> Nominated 40 under 40
> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday
> Finalist in the East Side Awards
Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.
She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work.This is one of the many reasons Aly is a well established artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the United States of America.
Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.
Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.
Aly was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree. Specializing in Acrylic, oil and Mixed Media Aly has a love for creating stunning vibrant paintings. Along with a love of monochrome and simple sketches.
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I use art in all it’s mediums to express my love for the “everyday”. Coffee cups, familiar landmarks, colour associations. All of these, I believe, contribute to what is known as our “everyday”. Not only do I love drawing them, I think they are worth placing importance on.
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