Parrot tulips have such strong colours and fascinating shapes. They really demand to be tackled in coloured pencil. You will be able to choose the complexity of the tulip you want to paint, so the course will suit beginners and the most adventurous botanical artists. Help with techniques and using pencils (including demonstrations) will be provided according to individual needs. This is an opportunity to make use of all those colours!
Last year I offered this course, but because of covid-19 and the lockdown it was cancelled. The tulips I had planted did grow, so I photographed them, thinking they might provide backup when I offered the course again. However my photos were taken using a black background and the effect was quite strong, so this year I am offering parrot tulips from life again, but also from photographs, and (if you feel like it ) on black paper!
Tulips provide lots of colour, and parrot tulips provide lots of shape too. Coloured pencil work gives you the control to do this well, but also requires subtlety in technique to convey the twists, curves and shapes. If you feel like an adventure there are many exciting tulips to paint with fantastic colours and shapes, fiery stripy tulips, dark shining tulips, or highly patterned varieties. Careful help will be provided as you work, techniques, when required, will be demonstrated. Looking at the subtleties of the way light falls on petals is a crucial part of working out how to portray the curvature of your subject, so close observation and trialling of colours may be required. The aim is to push yourself further, no matter what skills you currently possess, and to produce a painting you can be proud of. It is worth reminding yourself that a parrot tulip is so irregular you simply cannot be wrong!
Some experience of botanical illustration is preferable for this class. If you are not sure if this is you, please ask!