Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Five Tulips


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One thing I know about flowers, and tulips especially, is they change quite a bit when you shine a light on them. What I discovered today when I painted these (twice) is - heat plays a big part in that. If your light gets hot you're going to be really frustrated when after 30 minutes your flowers have opened and even the shadows are different! If your light is cool (like an LED) your flowers don't change much at all, and in the end you have a sane artist instead of a crazy one!

8 comments:

Tracey Mardon said...

And a lovely painting! :)

Blossoms said...

Carol Red Tulips in a green vase painting looks great.....it just pops out.!!

Lyn said...

Try putting an ice cube in the vase. That helps the tulips from opening so fast. Good to know about the light trick...Thanks!

Jean Chemay said...

I paint tulips under hot lights - if you put a penny in their water they stay put, even in a beautiful droopy curve. If you do this without lights, they'll spring straight up, almost rigid. Try it!

Chris Bungart said...

Love your work Carol, simple, almost abstract, yet elegant and full of life.
Thanks for the LED light tip. It's nice if one can remain sane – and more enjoyable; relates to the one major problem I have with plein air.

Julienne Jaworski said...

Very lovely. The simplicity and color temperatures are beautiful.

Sonia Kane said...

Great drama!

Ruthe said...

Beautiful! Love the word play with tulips one lip etc in the posts avove!:-) Love and admirer your work. Would love ti invite you to my blog to see my work, mostly watercolor works of dramatic Norwegian nature! All the best, R.T.