Pollinators, Tammie’s drawing challenge

March 27, 2015

I was really excited when I got Tammie’s email saying she’s called a drawing challenge. And, how perfect for spring! πŸ˜€ Thank you so much sweetie, I love the DCs.

It’s been a while since I mucked about with my oils, and, since the tulips are blooming in the garden, I decided to paint one.


But the tulips blooming right now are early, single hybrids, and my favourite, and the most fun to paint, are parrot tulips…you know, the ones with the frilly, multicoloured petals which twist and turn in impossible ways. And, since my parrots are still in tight bud, I got out my photos of last year’s garden parrots and used those as reference.

Painting with oils, at least the way I do it, takes a couple/three/four days per painting, (there’s sort of a fine line of drying time that you get to know when you paint with oils for a while), because the oils end up being too wet and slippery after the first layer, and need a day or two to dry a little so a second layer blends in without taking off the first layer or blending everything into mud.

So I chose a canvas, and painted a first layer of oils on Tuesday.

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And then Wednesday, my painting was still too wet and so I painted a second canvas…oh yes!

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Yesterday and today I overpainted a second layer, blended it into both the paintings and refined them to where I like them.

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And there we are, two parrot tulips in full open glory, spreading out their stamens and black pollen, inviting all the pollinators in. (They look rather tarty up there with Frida, don’t they? Like wild girls in flamenco skirts…the big flirts)

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Come fly over to Tammie’s for some more lovely pollen action. πŸ˜€

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  • Reply Rosemarie March 27, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Beautiful – so full of movement/energy.

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you so much Rosemarie. That’s what I love so much about the parrots, that movement. Can’t wait till mine open. By the way, the garden’s been accepted for the tour again this year. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Jo March 27, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Interesting – when I saw the first pictures I thought that it would go well with Frida.

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Did you really Jo? I guess I’ve got Frida on the brain these days. I didn’t think about it till I brought then down from the studio and put them on the mantle to dry. Then I thought about how well they look with Frida. Lol πŸ˜€

  • Reply Gill March 28, 2015 at 2:01 am

    just gorgeous with the black background………

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you Gill. I must come catch up with you tomorrow. Sunday will be may catch up day. πŸ˜€

  • Reply eric March 28, 2015 at 3:10 am

    They’re beautiful and in full glory! Frida’s choice!

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Eric. I love them too. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Pondside March 28, 2015 at 3:49 am

    First of all – I am so glad that you haven’t gone completely over to google+ as that would mean I couldn’t comment – and I do so want to comment on this post. I love the thought of your gorgeous tulips as swirly flamenco skirts on either side Frida! Second, I am in awe of a gift that lets you say ‘I’m going to paint a tulip’ and then, after some work and some more work, results in such a voluptuous image. Great way to start a Saturday morning on the prairie!

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Oh I’m so glad too Pondside, because I’d miss your visit and would hate that. Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Prairie? Are you with your son? I must come over to your’s and catch up properly tomorrow. By the way, Google + is just something that incidentally also gets published to because there’s a plug in on the website doing that…apart form that, I really haven’t got a clue how…or why…I would migrate over there. So all good. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Patty/NS March 28, 2015 at 5:09 am

    Gorgeous tulip paintings. You have such artistic flair and talent. Bright, vibrant, bold – love them both.

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Gosh Patty, thank you so much. πŸ˜€

  • Reply lissa March 28, 2015 at 5:47 am

    these turned out really well. I like the free-flowing feel of the petals. they remind of georgia o’keefee’s work.

    hope you have a lovely day.

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Oh, yes, they do to me too! My head’s been full of Frida lately, but Frida and Georgia…even more wonderful. πŸ˜€

  • Reply debrashewhoseeks March 28, 2015 at 6:33 am


    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      πŸ˜€ Must come catch up with you tomorrow Debra. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Tammie March 28, 2015 at 6:53 am

    tarty and wonderful indeed
    so beautiful and rich with color
    love how you were inspired!
    thank you for joining in.

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you Tammie, and thank you so much for hosting. πŸ˜€

  • Reply tanΓ―a March 28, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Oh, wow! Such bright colour! If I were a butterfly I would land on this at once! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Me too Tania! I love tulips to pieces. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm March 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Flirty! Perfect … Oh you are so very clever! I just love your work πŸ˜€

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Aw, thank you so much sweetie. πŸ˜€

  • Reply mano March 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I’m enthused by your fiery tulips! great!!
    πŸ™‚ mano

    • Reply Veronica March 28, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Oh good! I’m happy I could inspire you Mano. πŸ˜€

  • Reply renilde March 29, 2015 at 5:22 am

    if i was a bee i would land on your tulips, they are so inviting and alive.
    they look great with Frida in the middle, her kind of energy,x

  • Reply tinyWOOLF March 29, 2015 at 7:23 am

    oh yes, the big flirts, but don’t they look stunning, though? clearly not at that point yet, moi, but that doesn’t matter and take away from loving what i see you do…

    you made a very true point indeed, thank you for your lengthy comment, i take it so to heart. i realize there’s a way i’m walking with these characters, nonna and the lay out of things; already i want to change alot to my this week’s contribution, and i thought i had it all sussed. but never mind. live and learn. live, draw and learn. thxs.

  • Reply viola March 29, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Beautiful tulips, I love both the colors and such a movement in them!

  • Reply daryledelstein March 30, 2015 at 3:45 am

    so very georgia o’keefe ..

  • Reply barbara bee March 31, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Hello Veronica, I’m late this time because of the fair on sunday, but now… your paintings are so vibrant and if I would be a pollinator I would straight go for it and don’t leave your wonderful tulips anymore!
    big hugs
    barbara bee

  • Reply Patrice A. March 31, 2015 at 8:07 am

    beautiful red tulips
    (i am in with you, love the parrot ones the best)
    but boy can you paint!
    it has been soooo long since i painted with oil paint
    must be at art school…. so…..
    your paintings makes me want to give it a try again
    i loved the smell and substance back then

    thank you
    and also for hosting next week
    (no, this weekend ;^))


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