Day 3 of 30 paintings in 30 days was definitely a CHALLENGE to say the least. Was there ever a time when you wanted to rip a painting and throw it in the trash? That would be how I felt today, but I resisted the temptation by telling myself to enjoy the learning experience. I think joy will come eventually because let's be real...I wasn't feeling much joy...hahaha.
I decided that I would attempt Tulips...I mean how hard could they be, right? I've painted them in oil using a brush, and I've painted them in watercolor so I was sure I had this. Plus... their shape, again, was pretty simple. They are like an oval with petals opened at the top. Well, my friend, I was wrong! It is so funny how a simple shape can be difficult to paint. I should have know though because I remember one of my professors saying that a simple cup, glass, or bottle can be one of the hardest to draw.
Bowing Tulips 8x10 oil on Canvas Sheet
There are several techniques I'm still trying to figure out using the palette knife such as... Blending. When I try to lightly blend, I either make a mess or I smear color that I didn't intend to touch. The good news is there are so many tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest than I can learn from.
After deciding to leave this painting as seen in the above picture, I assigned myself a lil' homework assignment. I went straight to my ipad for a YouTube video (I search You Tube for literally everything!) and found a very well put together tutorial on painting a tulip with a palette knife. You can watch the video here. The artist does a great job explaining the how's and why's, and she makes it look so effortless. Just as I suspected...my approach to the tulip was totally wrong.
I have plans to scrape off the paint and try the tulip again using the techniques from the artist in the tutorial, and I think a couple more tulip attempts are in my future as they are my favorite Spring flower. Wish me luck!