to fully open flowers.
I brought a jar of them up to my studio and got to work. Mixing paint. Sketching. Testing colors.
I drew the design on watercolor paper, preparing everything to start on a new painting the next day. When I returned to my studio in the morning I was greeted by tightly closed tulip flowers. The temperature had dropped dramatically overnight.
Throughout the week the flowers opened and closed depending on the temperature in my studio.
As I painted I told myself that maybe next time I should take some photos before I start painting so I can have additional references in case my subjects misbehave. I was just so excited to have real, live subjects to paint from my garden that the thought hadn't even crossed my mind.
It wasn't really a big deal. It was still fun to paint these tulips and I'm so happy that the season of painting from my garden has officially begun.
They are now available in my shop.
They're also gracing the front page of my website. Did you know that I change out the image on the front page about once a month?
If you haven't visited my website lately you might want to take a look. I add to the "what's new" section whenever there's news. Sometimes I even announce things on that page before I get around to announcing them here on my blog. If you're not on Instagram, it's also a good place to see the latest photos I've shared (just scroll to the bottom of the page).
I've been giving my website a little love lately, revising my portfolio to include things other than just paintings. It's still in progress, but I'd love to know what you think! (You can also get a sneak peak of my forthcoming fabric collection there).
Wishing you a beautiful week! (Be sure to stop back on Wednesday for the latest 2x2 Sketchbook pages and again on Friday when I'll be sharing a fabulous Artist Interview -- if you can't wait to find out who I'm interviewing, you can get a peek on my Artists Page).