yellow parrot tulips…a painting process

step 1 - background

I originally bought the tulips in March 2010. I was thinking at that time that if I left the canvas white where the tulips would be, that they would glow better and the yellow would be truer.

step 2

When I decided to actually develop this painting last weekend, I decided that I would be able to have a looser approach if the whole background was filled in and I wouldn’t have to worry about white canvas peaking through where I didn’t want it to.

step 3

Then I needed to actually start painting the tulips. Fortunately I had taken photos of the original tulips to work from. It developed quite quickly but didn’t yet have the contrast I wanted.

step 4

At this point I darkened up some areas and added some highlights to increase contrast. (Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show this very clearly)

final step

Here I laid in some thick layers of paint to given some texture on the petals and leaves and finally the signature!

detail

A detail to show the texture. Since I have been finding it a bit of a challenge to stay loose when working on canvas (as opposed to paper) I am reasonably pleased with the results.

images (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer


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6 Responses to “yellow parrot tulips…a painting process”

  1. I love to see the progression. Very interesting post!

  2. Fascinating process!

    Would love to see you execute the original experiment with the white canvas, too. Trust yourself: it’ll be beautiful!

    • Maybe… but painting on a coloured background has a lot of advantages. It’s a technique I learned when I took a painting course last year… but thanks for your confidence in me!

  3. Leslie Says:

    Hilary, I love the posts: and really appreciate seeing the stages, since I have seen the final product!
    You make it sound simple, and I suppose if you have talent, it is.

    Great painting and lucky M&D.

    Les

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