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Ruby Red tuLips

by Shideler , September 22, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: floral, nature, tulip watercolor

This is yet another adventure working on Aquabord. I am finding this surface is better when worked in a painterly style as opposed to realism and high detail. It is a good process to go through as it does help to loosen me up as along as I have large pockets of time to work in. I find when I grab a few minutes to paint __" I work in a tighter manner.

I love the colours of these flowers, not pink, not red and not orange, but really all shades in between. Tulips when in full bloom make me happy. I am not completely sure, but to me they represent free spirits. Out in the early spring, bowing in the wind __" leaning into the sun.

This stand grows in my front garden under an apple tree. The most challenging thing about gardening with tulips is keeping the deer from eating them completely. As soon as the stalks are out of the ground, I start applying blood meal. It does help " I also think a spray of safers soap also keeps the deer from munching. I take a lot of photos as soon as the blooms start to open. Clich maybe __" but I really like to get shots of backlit tulips.



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