"Los Tulipanes"

"Los Tulipanes"
48 X 48, oil on panel

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A closer look at my painting process

I don't always use the same approach when I paint, I like to experiment, but here is a closer look at one of the variations I love to use. First, I apply paint in a bold and fairly abstract manner... (my subject: the patch of tulips in the distance, just to the left of my easel)
... next, I'll get out a piece of vine charcoal and draw on my painting, tightening it up a bit. I fix that drawing on (with fixative or hair spray) then I continue with oil paint, but still allow the process to come through (I let some of that first more abstract paint to show through as well as the charcoal drawing)
and here is the finished painting.
In a couple of weeks, scenes like this will be plenty!
The Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival begins April 16th and goes through May 1st.
I will have an exhibit there of paintings I have produced in the gardens during the festival over the past 5 years.
People always ask me when the best time would be to come, I recommend getting a membership and coming as many times as you can.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The tulips are coming up!

Yesterday we went out to Thanksgiving Point, and the tulips will definitely be in full bloom for the Tulip Festival this year. I am definitely getting excited!
(This is the finished painting of The Italian Garden from a couple posts ago.)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Orchids for Danna

My sister -in -law Danna is so supportive of me and my art and I appreciate her so much. She has many talents, one of them is cultivating orchids, so I thought it would be fitting to paint some orchids for her.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

More red tulips

I painted this last week.
I really never could get tired of painting red tulips.
I do enjoy painting other things, but there is something about painting red tulips that seems to center me.