Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. So I will be painting as many as I can, before they are all gone.
Here is my latest and a bit of a departure for me.
Tulips in a White Jug – A4 – Mixed Media on Bockingford
These tulips are on their way out. They started off a lovely pinky-red shade and gradually got darker as they started to turn. I love how the petals of tulips go in all different directions at this stage. I used oil pastels to make the dots and water soluble crayon for the stamens. I also scraped some water color pencil in the petals when they were wet.
Here is the reference photo I set up.
I found two lovely scarves with similar colors and used them as a background. I know they are really busy, but I tried to simplify the design for the painting. I find painting backgrounds a challenge at the best of times. I think this would also make a really good acrylic painting too.
Here is the first of hopefully many tulip paintings. I missed out on painting them last year as I was out of the country.
I used Winsor & Newton Paints on Bockingford A3 size. I haven’t painted anything for a few weeks so this was mostly an exercise. I drew it out first with a watercolor pencil. I’m more or less happy with it. I think it looks better in person. I really don’t think the computer in cameras or iphones do the colors justice. Although going large was a nice exercise. I think I will go back to painting smaller for the moment.
I haven’t been painting much lately, but I have been getting a lot of inspiration and have ordered some more supplies, books, DVDs and art magazines. The three watercolor artists that I have been most inspired by lately are Ann Blockley, Jane Betteridge, and Shirley Trevena. These artists use techniques that I barely touched on in the art class I took last year. If you can’t get to any classes, then reading book by people who’s work you like or watching DVD’s can be immensely helpful. However, there is nothing like practice and trying out these methods and seeing how they work for you. I have started a couple of landscapes, but I am at the stage of wondering where to go next with them. They are sitting on the sidelines at the moment.
I also want to get back to painting still life. I haven’t tried painting one in watercolor before. Shirley Trevena’s books show how to take painting a still life in watercolor to another level. I really love her style, but don’t want to copy her. What I did need was props. So, I trawled the charity shops where I work and where I live. Here is some of my booty.
The most I spent was £10 for the pretty bowl with matching plate. There are faux grapes, a pretty little jug I bought for the shape, a Delft vase which was a bargain for £6 (and because I don’t have anything blue and white in my house), a small gravy boat, an old iron, a miniature dress model and a stamp with an interesting pattern.
Here is something I started today. I work in my dining room. My table extends at either end. 🙂 I bought some tulips yesterday. I missed painting them last year as I was out of the country when they were in season. I am hoping to paint them along with some of my booty. I am now waiting for paint to dry and am wondering what to do next. I am also working on A3 size. The largest size paper I have worked on so far. I haven’t done a thumbnail sketch. I just decided to go for it and paint some tulips as a preclude to painting a still life. We will see how it turns out.