Red tulips

This combo in my garden is so striking I had to capture it in my sketchbook: giant blood red tulips set against yellow euphorbia polychroma. It’s an electric juxtaposition. It took me a while to figure out what reds to use so I painted swatches for all the roses, reds and magentas in my paint drawer before selecting the two or three I would use, and then I documented the painting process in a series of step-by-step photos. It’s all going to be in the next issue my newsletter The Wheelbarrow. If you’re not on my mailing list and wish to receive it, sign up here.

17 Comments on “Red tulips”

  1. Chris Rusk says:

    Stunning – this red is so rich and it describes your tulips so well. Really nice 🙂


  2. Judy Sopher says:

    Lovely. The touches of white on the tulips are really effective.Would love to see your garden.
    Is there a newsletter I am missing or is that new?


  3. Kate Miller says:

    Truly fabulous!
    Being a sailor I loved the boats in (?) April, I’m no artist but these are delightful


  4. friedakam says:

    Well chosen reds ❤️

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  5. Iona says:

    Wow! Such a depth of colour with the reds you chose, and the whole sketch glows with the complementary greens. Looking forward to reading all about it 🙂 I love the tiny touches of warm yellow at the base of the blooms too. And yes, those little flicks of white! Perfect!


  6. Linda Hackett says:

    COLOR Blast! Marvelous


  7. Gretta says:

    Stunning as always!


  8. Lizanne G says:

    Hi Shari, this is just gorgeous! I love everything you shared about the process and the reds in The Wheelbarrow too! You inspire me!! One curious question, what was the brand for the perylene maroon?


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