I love the way tulips drink all their water then flop. More water makes them lift their heads again and they have these wonderfully curved stems.
I thought it was time I put this image down in watercolours. But I feel massively insecure because I am confronting the urge to loosen up. And i’ts scary.
Any way I began with a careful drawing. I was kind of loose in my painting but had a watertight drawing. I had a few ideas about playing with the perspective – depicting the vase and cloth from the top, the stems and flowers from the side and the shadow realistically (actually I made it up and the sun breezed off). I think it works, but I also think it may be a lovely design to do in printmaking and possibly more appropriate. Oh I don’t know. My adventures in trying anything and everything is quite daunting at times.
I like taking photos in case the subject dies! After completing this one I wanted to do another tulip painting – possibly with all the droopy tulips in the middle of the format this time and going looser still. (These loose women!!) So I went shopping and ended up with white tulips and pomegranates. I’ll probably complete it this weekend, so we’ll have to wait and see. If there’s no blog on Monday, this means it was a flop!