Painting number fifty in the Fifty at Fifty series. I did it!!!! Woo-hoo!!!! This is another rendering of the lovely tulips from my dear husband.
Working on this series of fifty paintings has been challenging, absorbing, educational, fun, and very very rewarding.
So here you are, painting #50 in the series, “Graceful Tulips.”
"Graceful Tulips," watercolor, 7x10"
Quite a few years ago, my dear husband bought me a beautiful bouquet of yellow, orange, and red tulips and they were so beautiful that ever since then, tulips have been my very favorite flower. I took a few snapshots of those memorable flowers just as they passed their peaks, over-opening and drooping but still gorgeous.
I painted this piece without first doing a drawing, which I usually do, so I could enjoy a bit more relaxed type of creating.
Fifty at Fifty #49. Yes, my friends, #49.
"Fresh Tulips," watercolor 4x6"
All warmed up to goldfish — here’s another rendering. I posted it on Facebook but need to add it here! Fifty at Fifty #47.
"Goldfish No. 2" watercolor, 8x10"
Roses are challenging for me because of their complicated, curving petals and their varying colors. The edges of this pretty flower were deep, deep pink, almost red. Some of the petals were soft yellow underneath. And most were the softest pink underneath. Rendering the varying colors with the shadows and shapes was the challenge here. I threw away quite a few before I finished this painting, Fifty at Fifty #48.
"Single Pink Rose," watercolor 4x8"
Painting something totally new. Goldfish! I went to PetSmart and watched them for a long time and then realized that I could put my iPhone right up to the glass and shoot photos of them as they swam by. The fish were shy: if I moved the camera, they darted to the back of the tank. If I left the camera still, they’d once in a while come to investigate. I managed lots of blurry images, but enough to learn their shapes. And the color! Wow.
"Goldfish," watercolor, 7x9"
This is Fifty at Fifty #46.