Sunday, 13 March 2011

Spring Tulips

Spring Tulips
Watercolour and Ink on Paper
26cm x 36.5cm (10.25" x 14.5")

I had to paint these tulips. Tommy Kane posted a striking ink and watercolour sketch of some tulips on the Urban Sketchers blog ( and then Elaine bought these beautiful tulips.

I already have two paintings on the go, but I had to leave them to draw and paint the tulips.

This was more difficult than I anticipated. I haven’t done any sketching this year and I seemed to have forgotten how. I have been following the exercises from the Natural Way to Draw and painting watercolours from photographs. This is the first time this year that I’ve sat down in front of something with the intention of drawing and painting it.

The drawing at the bottom of the post is a contour drawing of the same tulips that I drew before starting the sketch.

Spring Tulips
Contour Drawing - 12 March 2011
Graphite Pencil on Paper
28cm x 51cm (11" x 20")


  1. hard to compare your picture, which we like, with the other bloke's as you've painted far more tulips. Must be a great feeling to just sit down and paint something that catches your eye... very talented.

  2. David,

    Thanks. I included the link to Tommy Kane's picture because I liked it - not for direct comparison. The Urban Sketcher's blog is always interesting.