I walked by a little blue hortensia/hydrangea at the shop one of the last days, and I had to buy it and bring it home to paint. I think the painting became a bit too `heavy`, so I will give it another try. Now - I have a ten year perspective to try to develop my watercolour skills! - so it will be exciting to see where I have arrived at ten years from now. The way these hortensias have been painted is very much inspired by the style of Jean Haines; I am not aiming for a replica of what I see, but rather a more subtle expression of the object.
Today, I went to the Henie Onstad art center just outside Oslo. There I saw - to mee - an almost breathtaking piece of art by Tiina Kivinen - take a look: http://www.taidegraafikot.fi/images/kivinen_ala.jpg This photo does not pay justice to how it is to see this artwork in real life. Take also a look at http://www.tiinakivinen.com to see more of her art. I find her work very poetic.