Friday, February 26, 2010

Tulips in progress

This is what is currently on my easel... an oil painting of tulips on paper. I absolutely LOVE the brilliance and clarity of the colors in oils. The smoothness of the paper also helps to intensify the colors as the paint sits up on the surface, not needing to fill in the dips of the weave of a canvas.

This is the first time I have done oils on paper - and this is just the first pass at this painting - so now I have to wait to see how long it will be before I can go back in and add details. An experiment for sure - but such FUN!


teresa stieben said...

I have so been wanting to do tulips. I had some here that I did not get around to painting, but I did post photos of them on their last petals as I find they wilt and twist and crinkle with such beauty.

Joanne said...

I think you should do the tulips in your photos... I went to your blog and looked at them. They are beautiful! You have such a gift for seeing the beauty in everything and capturing those moments with creatures and still life alike. Thanks for the visit and the comment, Teresa. Have a wonderful weekend. (((BIG HUGS)))

Vern Schwarz said...

Hi Joanne, you are now an "Oiler" I see...a little hazardous for a southerner in your part of the world, but worth it I'm sure...ha! This looks great and has such a vibrant feel.

Joanne said...

Vern!!!! It's been a long time! How are you doing???? It only took me about 5 minutes to get your joke- it was a good one!!! And yes, I am giving oils a try even though I can't imagine becoming an Oiler... ha! ha! (I thought that was an insiders' name for an oil artist... my husband says I am quite gullible. Come to think of it, so do my kids!) I do LOVE how oils dry exactly the color you lay down on the support. What you see is what you get! Have you been able to get in more painting lately, or are you still traveling a lot? Hope to talk again soon.

Jean Victory said...

Hi Joanne,
You make me think of spring with your tulips. Beautiful design. I hope all is well up your way. We've been getting lots of wind and rain here in Maine. Take care.

Joanne said...

HI Jean!
Thanks for your visit, and for the comment on this oil painting. You are one person who knows the struggles of learning to paint with oils!
We have been having fantastic weather the last 2 weeks - above zero, mostly sunny - perfect for walking. I KNOW we are going to get snow in April and May to pay for this winter's reprieve, but I sure am enjoying it right now! How is your health, Jean? Hope all is well!