We have a hydrangea bush residing in the flower bed beside our front door. I wanted to do a colored pencil drawing of a flower head in the opening stages of bloom -- my favorite stage. I love the pastel blue, yellow, green and cream the petals begin with before the darker blue comes on as the season progresses.
As always, I draw first from a live
specimen. I've found that this flower survives very well in a vase of
water in the refrigerator. It lasted for weeks which was a blessing
since I hadn't finished before we had taken a 7-day vacation. The flower
was almost as I had left it though the leaves had changed position and
started to wilt. That is why it is so important for me to take many
photos and color sketches at the start.