In the Studio: Spring Flowers and Vibrant Pastels

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Cascading Tulips", 9 x 12-

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and that you are now enjoying the beautiful quiet days of winter. For me this season provides a break from the many tasks that pile up in the garden and I find myself in the studio more often exploring the process of painting.

One of the highlights of creating art is choosing a palette of color and these fresh and spirited tones of pink, blue, green and yellow are bringing the essence of spring into the studio on these cold winter days.

"Cascading Tulips", 9 x 12-

The first painting of 2017 was this watercolor tulip study.

"Cascading Tulips", #wip-

Here you can see its beginning as a watercolor sketch.  The finished work below is highlighted with iridescent paint to catch the light.   The colors in this piece remind me of the vibrant pastels that often tint tulips as they bloom.

"Cascading Tulips"-

You can follow my progress as I create more paintings for the new collection on Instagram @gildedbloomstudio or visit the studio website at

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