Fearrington Village in North Carolina is perhaps the most idyllic place I have ever plein air painted. This scene is one of the many views that called out "paint me!" on my first painting trip to Fearrington.
I chose this dramatic hydrangea bush because of the rich blue blossoms in the shade and the play of light that leads your eye down the path and around the bush to beauty waiting to be discovered.
Here is my painted version, which won third place in a "Miniatures & Small Works" show:
Hydrangea, 6x8 oil