In keeping with "Thinking Spring", I have been experimenting with flowers. friend had asked for tulips, so I thought that was a good place to start. Starting with a good drawing, I focused on jus the shapes and let the colors mix on the paper. I used several reference photos I took with my cell phone to model the tulips, arranging them to fit my painting. The pears, of course, were from my head.
What I liked most about this exercise was the new look I had of the tulips. I had never really studied them, thinking they were all prim and straight. I enjoyed seeing all the many colors and shapes, especially the large open one. I made this my focus and finished the whole thing with embossing powders. Now I can't wait to do more flowers!
I think it is important to share our process with others, just as we gain from watching other artists work.