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PARROT TULIP

I have been terrible lately about not updating my blog.... at least i have been doing a lot of painting.  And a whole lot of gardening!  Hydrophonic growing is addictive and soooooo different than regular growing seeds in soil.  My entire living room windows and floors are completely covered in seedlings of various stages.  And three plants grown completely in hydro growing have already bloomed!  Unreal!  This means many, many more zinnias to paint this year!!!!  A few ("Queen Red Lime" Zinnia) I am anxious to get blooming and paint!  It'll be a treat.  Enough about this, this ain't a gardening blog.... although I could do that too!!!!

I've been itching to paint the gorgeous PARROT TULIPS for a long time now but hadn't gotten up the nerve to try them until I finished the previous tulip study.  Gave me a little courage.

As usual, I painted a base layer using Lemon Yellow (D.S.)... I wanted to have some yellow to "glow" through all the other colors..
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SPRING TULIP TIME!

It's SPRING!!! Well, kind of...  never mind we might be getting snow this weekend!  My tulips are popping up and making me so happy!  I've been nervous to try frilly tulips because of all the crinkles and folds, etc.  But I'm hoping to learn more and more with each study so here I go:





I'll add the color mixes tonight.

ECHINACEA study....

Echinaceas are such interesting flowers.... I never realized how many varieties there are until the past couple of years,  The most common one is a purple but then there is also pink, orange, red and even "double" varieties that are soooo pretty! I've kept seeds from all the many ones I grew last year and hope to have them come up all over the garden!  Everywhere would be just fine with  me!


SALVIA STUDY....

Salvias are lovely, intricate blossomed flowers  and some are even perennial in my garden! Bees and hummingbirds really enjoy the tiny little openings of each bloom.  At this point in my studies I decided I need to stop just painting and going with the flow and just hoping I might pick up on something new.... which has been working okay!  But now is the time to focus on certain aspects of a flower or certain techniques.  Like "crinkles" and "folds".... I wanted to show the "circles" on the bracts (I think they are called).... Why not try some masking fluid? So that's technically a "new" "technique".....



CARNATION STUDY

I found some beautiful flowers at Walmart (probably gearing up for Valentine's Day) which included this very pretty carnation.  I fell in love with the stripey red marks..... I kept the bouquet on my table where I paint.  From where I sat I could see the undersides of the blooms and I just thought they were really interesting.  This is also the time I decided to work more on color charts....
  *I see now how "yellowish" one of the bulbs in my lamps are..... what a difference between the photos!




A frustrating study on purples for an IRIS....

Never have I yet to have had such a time with a study as I did with this little purple iris! The main problem was trying to find the perfect bluish/purple (and especially to show the light shining through the top petal).... The search for the perfect purple led me on mission that involved color theory books, asking the experts on FaceBook Botanical groups and a lot of mixing and playing with colors...

Deciding I needed to figure out which blues of mine are "warm" and which are "cool",.... I did a color chart so I'll know for the future.  This will be very helpful in mixing purples because I learned the only way to get the really bright brilliant purples I was needing is to mix reds and purples that are close together on the color wheel (perfect example is Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Magenta makes the prettiest brightest purples)...

This is advice from FaceBook by LEE ANGOLD: "Which colors to mix depends on the vibrancy you are looking to achieve.  …

FOUND A GREAT WATERCOLOR BLOG!

Well, I'm truly aggravated right now!  For two evenings I've been trying to find the perfect purple/blue for an iris I want to do a study on as it opens up!  It's made me realize I need to do more color charts!  I'm write more about this after while but in searching for help on mixing purples I found this great blog.  Lots of information and seems like a cool person!


SCRATCHMADE JOURNAL

She had a wonderful tutorial on how to do your own color chart (there are a gazzilion YouTube videos on how to but I like hers and she has a link to download a color chart to get you started...)
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN WATERCOLOR MIXING CHART

And I'll be back......