The snow is almost gone, and Skagit Valley will soon be ablaze with color. Acres and acres of tulips bracketed by the foothills of the Cascades and Puget Sound. The month-long Annual Tulip Festival starts April 1st, and so will an abundance of art shows presented by the various art groups in the Valley. So many artists paint tulips, of course, because that's what visitors buy when they are here. I enjoy the tulips, but, frankly, I am "over" most tulip field watercolor paintings that I have DONE, and that I see each year.
So, in a drop-in watercolor class, the group was doing tulips, and I chose not to do what they were doing but to "play" with my Dr Ph Martins Hydrus Watercolors. Because I am still "feeling them out," and experimenting with them, I tend to get heavy-handed and overdo. And, I am still experimenting with Tyvek, never sure what the medium will do on that, so I like, but don't LOVE, the tulips above. To camouflage the amateur work, I spattered the painting with metallic acrylic ink, again, just playing. I am "getting there," and will still keep on trying, but this is an effort that may end up in the pile ... my gallery in the closet.
To absolve myself in the group of pretty traditional tulip painters, I did a quick more traditional tulip painting, again with the Dr Ph Martin Hydrus Watercolors, that might redeem myself in the wonderful world of tulip art this spring.
We'll see ... Maybe I should try some daffodils. I need some remedial flower painting classes!