Back To Mom's Hydrangea!

Botanical Illustration of a Hydrangea in Graphite

If you haven't discovered the following Hydrangea in graphite I started for my Mom, to be completed by this Mother's Day 2018 - Yes, in less than two days!!! Then you can begin reading about it HERE...

I started it almost a year ago in July 2017 and have not even picked it up again since then! I have had so much going on artistically, good and bad, and I have not even thought of getting it done!

May 12, 2018 (The day before Mother's Day!)

But now, here it is Saturday morning, 2:04 a.m., May 12, 2018, and I am ready to get back to it! Well, isn't that just grand! Mother's Day is less than 24 hours away!

I better not waste any more time typing and get busy!! Nothing like putting pressure on myself - lol!  Maybe it's just what I need right now to get me out of my artistic slump I have been in... No more about that!! :) Here I go!

Here's where I am right now...


First Things First!

My art desk is cleaned up and I've pulled my Mom's Hydrangea out of safekeeping...


Off to work now - Hope this post finds you working hard on creating some beautiful art.

A Prayer For RBGE Certificate Course Students

If you are taking the RBGE Certificate Course right now and are in need of some prayer - I am praying for you while I work on my Mom's Hydrangea, right now.  You can do it! I know firsthand that it is a hard course - and I also know you can do it!

Sometimes I had to just focus on the end of the course and tell myself my art would be so much better for all I will have learned over 6 months - and it was true and will be true for you too!

Remember to take a break when you need it, maybe read through this part of my journey and hopefully be encouraged!




UPDATE:  5:15 a.m. Saturday - A little more done - but I'm off to bed now! 




I have been able to get more done today on my Mom's Hydrangea!!  It's still Saturday, May 12 - but it's 6:51 p.m. now - I will continue to work on it and show more photos later, but for now - Here's what I have...


I hope you are having a marvelous and peaceful day! The sun is beautiful here in the Seattle area - shining brightly at a great feeling 75 degrees!

If you haven't done it already, you may like to subscribe to my Newsletter below - I'll be sending out a new one for May around the 20th or so :)



May 13, 2018

It was a wonderful Mother's Day filled with lots of family time and my timeframe for needing my Mom's Hydrangea done has been extended a bit since I won't be traveling to see her for a couple more weeks.  I'm very excited about this because I really want to complete her Hydrangea in graphite, frame it and be able to present it to her in person!


I'm working on forming the veins on the front leaf right now and will move back and forth between the flowers and the leaves until it is complete. 

You will notice that I will darken tone and then lighten it again, using my putty eraser.

I also like moving around on my illustration to keep and even flow of graphite overall and building up my layers to darken certain areas, not by pressing (which results in possible indentions in the paper and a shiny area of graphite), but instead by layering with the darker graphites until the ultimate goal of darkness is reached.

One last thing I want to mention which is so important... Always protect your work when you are not working on it.  I use a larger piece of tracing paper to lay over my piece of art like this...


Graphite is so fun to work with. If you have never tried it - I highly recommend it :) Who knows, you might get hooked like I am! :)



May 14, 2018

I was able to work on my Mom's Hydrangea again this evening.  It's strange that something is happening while I think of my Mom and pray for her during my work on this beautiful piece of graphite... I say beautiful, not because I think of my work as beautiful - but because it is taking on a form of beauty as I think of my Mom and consider how much I love her and why I love her so deeply... This piece of art is taking on the identity of my Mom in some amazing way.  

I think God is showing me while I work on this Hydrangea in graphite that art is a very powerful gift from Him... It can bring healing and freedom, and probably so much more - and this may be the very reason I struggle so much with whether to do it or not - and why I am so careful when it comes to identifying myself as an artist... Hmmmm.

Right now, I'm just hoping and praying that this will be a gift for my Mom that will somehow touch her heart and soul and she will see Jesus and His Life Giving Love for her in a deeper way than she has ever experienced before! My Mom is a glorious creation of God and she deserves to know it!! I love her so much.

Here's what I have completed tonight:


May 15, 2018

I am really, really enjoying working on this Hydrangea as it is beginning to take shape... I'm finding myself anxious to find a free moment during my day to slip a bit in here and there - and that is a welcome change of pace for me in my art! 


I am planning to make prints of this Hydrangea Graphite as there are a few people who have asked if they can buy one from me... Of course my Mom will get the original :)

I also remembered that this botanical illustration began a long time ago with a study of the plant first, as well as a first time drawing and painting of my YellowTeaCup with a bunch of Hydrangea flowers floating in it!

Here's what I have completed today:


While working on this Hydrangea I have been listening to a book that was suggested to me by my Sweet Sister, Victoria, and I am loving it!!  If you have ever struggled with doing doing your art... This is a great book, and for many other reasons as well!

It's called,

"Walking On Water: Reflections On Faith And Art"

by Madeleine L'Engle. I purchased it through iTunes, so I can listen to it while I do other things - like my art :)

Hope this post finds you blessed and joyful!


May 16-19 - Cannon Beach! 

I'm still working on my Mom's Hydrangea - but while in Cannon Beach, I won't be showing much here... I'll update when I get back home. Until then, here's some pictures of this beautiful place on the amazing Pacific Ocean :) Home away from home for me!




May 18, 2018

I have come to the end of my work at Cannon Beach as we will be heading home in the morning - so I wanted to share with you what I have accomplished while here - I'm sad to be leaving the crashing sound of the waves of the mighty Pacific Ocean and the smell of the salty air flowing through the sliding glass window while I work... 

But my art studio is marvelous too and I look forward to be working from there again as well.




O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You;
my soul thirsts for You;
my flesh faints for You,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary,
beholding Your power and glory.
Because Your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
in Your name I will lift up my hands.
— Psalm 63:1-4
Constance Reeder