Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tulipa 'Talitha' Finished

The remaining tulips were painted with washes of quinacridone magenta, permanent magenta, carmine and caput mortuum violet. Then I increased the colour of the stamens and stigma with naples yellow adding small splashes for the pollen.
Tulips are one of my favourite flowers, so I will certainly paint some more.
Original painting for sale in my Gallery.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tulipa 'Talitha' Stage Three

I have started to increase the colour in the painting, adding less water to the colour washes.  
I added another wash of neutral tint and midnight green to deepen the background. I decided the background needed a couple more leaves, and lifted out with a damp brush, some of the background colour, then I added a lighter green. I also lifted out some highlights on the leaves and stems. 
The fringes are quite tricky to paint, I am adding some white gouache to achieve the effect I want. Next week I shall finish the Tulipa painting.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tulipa 'Talitha' Stage Two

Here I have started to add watercolour paint. I always paint the whole picture with the palest colours first, it helps to define where everything is in the painting especially if it is quite complicated. I applied midnight green and neutral tint for the background using a no.2 brush. With the tulips I used a pale wash of quinacridone magenta and naples yellow for the stamens.
Next week I will build up the intensity of the colours.