Last spring I had an abundance of tulips in my garden. One afternoon I picked a variety and spent the afternoon taking reference photos of them for future paintings. I had them set up on my dining room table, next to our patio door with late afternoon sun flooding over them. Out of the dozens of photos I took, I have several favorites and decided that it was about time I got around to painting one.
This 28x28 oil was fun to do, as I tried a few things that are new to me, and rather challenging. First of all, I am such a newbie when it comes to painting glass! I really admire when an artist can paint a beautiful glass vase that looks effortless. After doing this one, I am excited about trying it in the future and getting better at it with each try. The other thing that was a little new to me was the tulip laying on the ground. When I first blocked in the composition I didn't have that there. I soon decided that the painting needed something in that empty space. I used another reference photo that I had taken for the idea of this last tulip. I like that it's sort of fading into the dark background, with just hints of light hitting it here and there. I felt like the overall painting was stronger with it there because it seemed to bring balance.
This was the last of the painting projects that I had wanted to get done before the Creative Artists Sale on Saturday. For those of you in my area, if you are anywhere near Hiawatha Community Center on Saturday, April 30th form 9a.m. to 4p.m., stop in and see some really great art work from twenty very talented local artists.