A selection of tulips

A visit to Dunsborough Park in Ripley, which has the most amazing collection of tulips inspired this painting, which was completed using a restricted palette of Schmincke watercolours as an exercise for my botanical art course.  Tulips are just the most lovely things to paint – I particularly enjoy trying to capture the shiny petals.

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Bracken and a dead bumblebee

I’m enjoying doing these vignettes but for a change this week I couldn’t resist adding a few insects.  My husband breeds the Emperor moths and last years chrysalises have just hatched and I found the dead bumblebee  lying in the garden.  The bracken is already rearing its ugly head.

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Yellow Tulips

Part of our holiday homework was to paint a flower from 5 different angles – how could I resist this beautiful yellow tulip – Golden apeldorn?  I still can’t decide whether to give the one facing forward a stalk and if so where it should go.

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Colour and burgeoning buds

There is more colour in the garden now – our strange climber, Akebia, is flowering fully and has an amazing scent.  I couldn’t resist having a go at buds that are bursting out all over. vignette 4 copy Pussy willow may be beyond me however, as are white flowers on a white background!

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Everything is coming up yellow

It seems at this time of year yellow is the dominant flower colour – it also happens to be the most challenging colour to paint, but how can you find that out without trying?

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Sticks, stalks and stems

This weeks vignettes – perhaps not very inspiring but I enjoyed doing them and any practice is good practice.  The thorns presented the most challenge especially the foreshortened ones.

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Botanical Art Course

This blog has been neglected of late but I’m hoping to put that right from now on!  I have embarked on a botanical art course and as part of my homework I do pages of vignettes of anything that comes to hand.  This first one is random objects but in future weeks I intend to do specific things such as sticks or yellow flowers – whatever catches my eye that week.

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