It was late winter and I was really yearning for spring. Since the temperatures had been so erratic and the only flowers in bloom were crocuses and a few daffodils, I went to my stock of photographs for some inspiration. This pot of beautiful pink tulips had been a gift from a friend and called out to me.
I decided to try some bolder colors and strokes for this painting. I amped up the colors and got really loose with the brush. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the final results and might create some more paintings in this style.
Since I was using bolder colors, I first did an underpainting in bold, contrasting colors of peach and green. Then outlined the flowers in blue and green.
The second step was to paint in as much background as I could using shades of purple and blue for the shadow side, and yellows and whites for the light side. As you can see, I varied the strokes in size and direction.
I then underpainted the pink tulips with a bright orangey-red and the leaves and stems with a transparent blue.
After this, I worked on the tulip flowers with shades of pink and lavender, some purples for shadows.
And then the leaves and stems, seeking contrast with shadows and highlights.
With final tweaks and details, I’m pretty pleased with the overall results of this trial.
Artists are always trying new things, techniques, colors, subject matter, materials. We don’t always show our experiments but sometimes they turn out remarkably well. This is how we move forward and change, often in incrementally slow steps.