Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tulip Revival


Watercolour - 13 x 21cm HP Fabriano

I love a survival story. After I finished sketching my fallen tulip yesterday I was about to toss her in the compost. She was so limp, having been lying in the garden for ages and then on my desk in the hot sun for most of the day. Something made me pop her into the jar of water on my desk. This morning I found her bright and perky and ready to rock. Amazing.

I'm not as happy with this painting and I'm aware it has some awful anatomical errors but I thought the girl deserved another outing for sheer survival spirit.

14 comments:

Joan said...

Anita, I'm glad you thought of popping her in the jar of water! I like the richness of the color in this! It looks like spring!!

Lin said...

GORGEOUS, ROBYN!!! IT SHINES AND GLOWS -- I LOVE THE VIVID COLORS!

Lin said...

GORGEOUS, ROBYN!!! IT SHINES AND GLOWS -- I LOVE THE VIVID COLORS!

Jennifer Rose said...

very vivid red!

Stacy said...

Robyn, I love both versions of this tulip. The colors are great and I especially like how you used the white of the paper to capture the shine. You really have a way with watercolor.

katie jane said...

So happy she revived herself. The center (what is that called, the stamen?) almost looks like a tiny woman in the middle of the flower. (Don't mind me, I'm the kind of person who sees whole pictures in patterned wallpaper.)

Your flower is beautiful.

Toni said...

I love the contrast of the red petals and the center of the tulip.

Dave said...

Still love the luscious colour...you can show us as many "imperfect" paintings as you like if they are as lovely as this one!

Mim said...

Your paintings and photographs are a feast for the senses and what a wonderful place to live,
I can never cut the tulips either, I just enjoy them outside.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

You've really caught that wonderful luscious lipstick red.

Liz P said...

How could you NOT paint this resurrected beauty? I love how your analogy to the girl who danced too long carries through here as she's "ready to rock"!

So vibrant and beautiful... both versions!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

How great to have a chance for a second go - isnt nature amazing ? Both stunningly beautiful and vibrant.

Martha said...

A great story and a delightful sketch. Nice!

laura said...

It's absolutely gorgeous--the red is delicious, and it's so clean and strong; something appropriately "Dutch" about it!

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