I know summer is almost upon us when the hydrangeas begin to bloom. Those massive domed clusters of florets that range in color from the most delicate pink to a deep blue make me happy simply by being in view.
Studying a hydrangea bloom can be very calming as you contemplate the subtle changes in hue. The interplay of color has been inspirational to me in developing color palettes, creating pastel drawings and dyeing fabrics. The play between the colors and light has moved artists to paint these gorgeous blossoms in every medium. I especially appreciate the way artist Cathy Shaefer has captured the beauty and essence of this plant in her painting titled Hydrangea III shown above.