The almost upright bouquet

I forgot some tulips in my dining room for most of last week. During that time they yellowed, they shrivelled and they curled, but surprisingly they mostly didn’t flop over. And since a little bit of decay is more interesting than perfection, I painted them today.

theuprightbouquet


28 Comments on “The almost upright bouquet”

  1. gaelle1947 says:

    They obviously were just waiting for the master’s touch!!! Lovely and cheerful reminder that spring is just around the corner (as the little tulip in the bottom right seems to be saying!)

    • It’s so cold here this week, which makes it feel like there is just more cold is around the corner but I can see there is rain in the forecast so I thin owe have turned the corner.

  2. joantav says:

    I think flowers that droop a bit often add more character to the arrangement…sometimes parts that shrivel up too. Glad they stayed pretty much upright for you. Lovely!!!

  3. I love the way you break images down into shapes or blocks of color and value paint those back together and create the whole without getting tight.
    Holly

    • Thanks for thinking about that Holly. This was actually a difficult composition because of the big mass of pale green in the middle and all the little dark bits at the edge of the page. I tried to break up the middle shape with lots of subtle value and colour changes.

  4. Sue H says:

    Which colors did you use? It’s fantastic.

    • thanks Sue. This is mostly Cerulean Blue, Quinacridone Rose, Sap Green and Hansa Yellow Medium. I don’t like Sap Green on it’s own so I usually mix in some yellow or blue to tone it down.

  5. Shari, do you know the florist’s secret for keeping tulips upright? Put a copper penny in the bottom of the vase…works like magic.
    Beautiful painting, of course 🙂
    S

  6. Andrea says:

    This is so beautiful and so very well done!

  7. Beautiful! The one facing downwards is genius I think!

  8. Monique says:

    They are beautuful!

    I have bought 2 bouquets..one a few weeks ago..pink..and these yellow ones..I lie tulips in big bowls or shorter vases like you have there..mush more pesonality than rigid and upright..I want them graceful:)
    Lovely Shari!

  9. Laura says:

    Beautiful! I hope you do more florals. Like the previous comment mentioned, I could learn a lot from how you do values.

  10. Monique says:

    PS the best way to keep tulips longer is to change the water..my bowl is so big I have to ladle out most and refill:) Worth it..forget about the plant food;)

  11. Monique says:

    Gosh it’s me again!
    I keep coming back to look at your tulips:)♥Seeing how you did the background..the water..stems..:)

    No leaves under water either for long perservation..sorry to sound like this..just want your pleasures to last.All things I learned through the years…

  12. holmar58 says:

    Beautiful …What a welcome sight to behold on this very cold day in Northern Ontario…it was -24 this morning…your cheerful tulips are a happy reminder that Spring is on the way…hopefully soon!

  13. anne farmer says:

    Shari, this marvellous. I love half dead tulips – they look like silk. But your treatment of the leaves is brilliant.

  14. Suzanne says:

    Always beautiful. I can’t say why I am especially drawn to the background, mostly the top. Maybe the colors and how you used them? Is the background wet on wet?


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