Sketch and Photos of My Black Parrot Tulip

In 2011, after a long period of health problems, I tried to get back into painting again by starting a one-a-day creative project.

April 30th, 2011

The first of my one-a-day projects: a slightly shaky tulip sketch plus an attempt at capturing spurge.

Today I did a sketch of a tulip, and since that only took 15 minutes, I started another sketch, this time of a spurge. But the spurge was way too complex and I quickly gave up.
tulip sketch It’s like I have to start all over again, I’ve forgotten even the basics. It would have helped if I had worn my glasses so I could actually see what I was sketching. The garden stone I was sitting on was bloody cold, and the only other sitting option was the grass and that was not only cold but wet as well! Next time I will remember to bring out my little traveling stool.

Afterwards I took some reference photos. My camera has an even worse focussing problem than me so I used a burgundy matte board as a background to fool it into focussing where it was supposed to. These turned out quite well, but perhaps a charcoal background would have been more dramatic.
Black Parrot Tulip I also photographed the tricky-to-draw ‘spurge’ against the same background. Looking at it now, I think it would have been better if I had tried to paint it with little dabs of poster paint.
Euphorbia with Yellow BloomThree years later, 2014: the black parrot tulips are still popping up with the lemon-lime spurge in the background.
Purple Parrot Tulip with Lemon-Lime Spurge in the Background Five years later, 2016: Time to try again?

My original One-a-Day Creative Project – Week One

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2 responses to “Sketch and Photos of My Black Parrot Tulip

  1. Pingback: Trying to Jumpstart my Creativity – Week 1 | Elizabatz Gallery·

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