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Blue Nightingale by p-e-a-k Blue Nightingale by p-e-a-k
Hortensia macrophylla Nachtigall

Watercolour on Fabriano Uno 300 g hot-pressed
60 x 80 cm

First time I first saw this kind of hydrangea I just flipped; had to have one for my garden in France! Unfortunately a hybrid like this needs much more care than I could ever give it, being away for 9 months of the year. So, sadly :( no "nightingale" for my garden...
But then I decided to do the next best thing..... paint it!
:lmao:
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zasu Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
pretty pretty!

i used to dislike hydrangea (our name for it), thinking it was a bit too bombastic and "tight" with those big balls o' blue - but now i appreciate them. we planted a new kind a couple of years ago called "endless summer" - it blooms twice each season, once on old wood, once on new wood. the second flush of blooms isn't as nice as the first, and often is pinker than the first (which are bluer).

but i love the lacecaps (like the one you painted) the most. unfortunately, we're supposed to be too cold in boise for them. so i stick to the rounded "mopheads"
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thanks for comment and :+fav:, Val! :hug:
I can see you really went to town there - :faint: 14 or 15 favs..... Du lieber Himmel!!! My entire output must be in your favorites gallery! :lmao: :highfive: :hug:
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zasu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
hehe.... i've found it's easiest to get through a backlog by going directly to someone's gallery and going through until either i've gotten to the last ones i saw weeks (or months :o ) earlier, or my eyes are burning :D

so... you were high on the list of recent submissions, and i got to you early on. but it's easy to fave your schtuff! :D
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lapoall Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Astonished by your skill, dear Pat ! :clap:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008   Traditional Artist
I'm very happy you like it, Alberto, thank you for :+fav: no. 3! ... or is it 4? :D :hug:
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Lechtonen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Very beautiful...
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008   Traditional Artist
Glad you like it, thanks! :D
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witchesrose Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice, ... Those little flowers are very well done, ... They are a ver nice contrats with the big ones, ... :thumbsup:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007   Traditional Artist
I'm pleased you like it, thank you! :D
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amigold Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007   Traditional Artist
wonderful work!!!!!
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:iconp-e-a-k:
p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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KelliRoos Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
These came out beautiful :clap: the subtle detail in the small blossoms is great. :+fav:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
I'm delighted you like it, dear Kelli! Thank you so much for your nice comment and :+fav: - both very much appreciated! :hug: :D :sun:
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! I love it! :heart:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
Delighted you think so - many thanks for yet another :+fav:! :hug:
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007   Traditional Artist
No worries! My pleasure! :) :hug:
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resada Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Beautiful!!!!
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
Delighted you like it - thanks for yet another :+fav:! :D
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ColourWheel Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Beautiful pat :clap: I've been watning to try one of these for ages but I can't muster up the patience or enthusiasm for drawing all those little leaf type petal :laughing: Maybe one day :D
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thanks Karen, I'm very pleased you like it! :D
The simplest solution to tiny petals: paint them BIG! :rofl:
No, seriously, it's way easier and faster than it looks. I didn't paint every single one - aiiiaaaa! I'd have gone crazy! I just painted a few in the foreground and "faked" the rest. The big petals were much more work and took a lot longer!
:lmao:
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ColourWheel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
:D :thumbsup:
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emey Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful....with a real pleasent feel to eyes.....great job.
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm very pleased you like it! :D
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emey Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:-)welcome:-)
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Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Lovely!
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
I'm delighted you like it! Many thanks for yet another :+fav:! :D
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Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Your welcome, it's so pretty!
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
... and you did well, such a beautiful colours !!!
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:iconp-e-a-k:
p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
no worries, pleasure :)
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milbisous Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
I like the little flowers side by side with the bib ones. Beautiful! I like this "tighter" style of yours :D
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thanks a million for comment, compliments and :+fav: - all very much appreciated!
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Cinnamon87 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
beautiful!
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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