I have painted these tulips before but, I feel that this is my best attempt. I am learning so much. I am a little disappointed that the photo isn't as dense as the painting. It could be the light which is overcast and quite bright.
I am going through a file of pictures that I have been wanting to paint and now I am gaining confidence that I can do them justice. I have finally had someone teach me how to layout a painting in incremental steps that make huge sense. I love it!! One of the things that I have found out is to spread a very thin coat of linseed oil on the canvas or board or for that matter paper in the beginning. This allows the paint to move easily on the surface. I am also learning more about grays and how to bend the color as Lori Putnam explains in her DVD. The information in both of these courses together provide great clarity.
I am learning how to use paint.net and hope that I am understanding...anyway this is an painting that I painted today....love what I am learning!! I also bought bristle brushes which make a big difference in how the paint handles. There are places and reasons to use synthetic brushes...they make a very chiseled application of paint whereas a bristle brush is soft and gives a soft diffused edge.
I have been wanting to paint this image for a long time....bringing to where I wanted it was tough. I will photograph again because the sun was too bright and there is glare on the paint. The colors are richer than depicted here.
I worked a little too hard on this piece and kind of lost it....it was a good learning experiment and I like it as an abstract. When I ordered some jewelry findings from the UK the artist mailed some delicious candies and I painted them. Like I said it is quite abstract. I may go into it at a later date for now it rests.