Friday tulips

Yesterday my tulips were half closed but today they are starting to open and I decided to paint them in situ instead of isolating them like I usually do. I haven’t ever found an orange that I really like in watercolour (cadmium orange is so opaque!) so I usually make my own mix. For these I used a mix of New Gamboge and Alizarin Crimson. What I like about these types of mixes is that instead of having a flat orange, you sometimes get a yellowish orange or a reddish-orange if you let some of the blending happen on the sheet. That’s always a lot more dynamic than a flat wash of orange paint straight from the tube.


10 Comments on “Friday tulips”

  1. Monique says:

    They look like mine:)
    Except you can capture them:)
    You have the water and the stems spot on..Mine look the same..aren’t they just beautiful?


  2. John Bartoldus says:

    Forgive me, I’m digging the background the most. Bravo! Jacques


  3. CharlieAmra says:

    I am really enjoying your still lifes. It is a nice change of pace from landscapes and it inspires me to try one myself.


  4. Oh this is great, I’m about to paint Tulips tomorrow! I’m totally inspired by this, thank you 🙂


  5. Victoria says:

    Beautiful. I love how loose and cheerful this painting is.


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