View Full Version : Pink Ladies (x-posted in watercolours)

08-06-2007, 03:32 PM
I enjoyed painting these tulips, with the contrast between the strong pink and the pale tulips, and the strong shadows. From my own reference photo, 12 x 10 inches, watercolour on Fabriano extra white CP 140lb paper.


Thanks to Deb (Nodakerdeb) in the watercolour forum for suggesting the title when I was stuck!


08-06-2007, 03:37 PM
Lovely painting, Ruth. The flowers are beautifully painted, but I especially like the greens and the shadows.


08-06-2007, 03:42 PM
Thank you Sylvia :) You know how I always struggle with foliage, so that means alot!


Katherine T
08-06-2007, 05:17 PM
Ruth - these are super! I have to concur - I think you got the blues in the tulip leaves just right - and nicely judged colour for the shadow as well

Charlie's Mum
08-06-2007, 06:01 PM
Nice work Ruth - lovely contrast in the tulip colours and really good foliage colours! Nice delicate w/c effects too:D

08-06-2007, 08:30 PM
I really like this work! Great job!

08-06-2007, 10:52 PM
Ruth, I love the foliage and shadows treatment too with the wet-in-wet effect, quite nice textural interest. And I like the composition with the focal point applying the rule of thirds and interest spiraling outward from that. The odd number of blossoms and the odd number brighter/darker colored ones triangularly positioned provides such nice balance.

08-06-2007, 11:30 PM
Beautiful work with both the flowers and the leaves, and I also like the colours very much. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

08-07-2007, 03:09 AM
The shadows on the wall makes this flower painting very interesting to watch, and I love your wet in wet effect on the foliage.

08-07-2007, 08:32 AM
I love the movement and perspective in this one too, Ruth. Great Pink Ladies.

08-07-2007, 09:29 AM
:clap: Wow, Ruth... firstly, I've just found this forum... fantastic... Then, of course, I saw your name... your composition is beautiful! You've portrayed the strong sunlight perfectly... Your title says it... these Ladies are graceful!

Lady Carol
08-07-2007, 10:19 AM
Wow. What a stunning piece. It reminds me of sunshine and happiness.

08-07-2007, 12:34 PM
Fantastic colour and I love the composition and shadows!

08-07-2007, 02:20 PM
A winner for sure !

linda lou 777
08-07-2007, 04:48 PM
Beautiful composition, color and technique. Gives me a happy feeling. Love it!

08-08-2007, 04:02 AM
Wonderful piece, love the perspective, colors excellent, shadows top this off to perfection!!

Margaret 59
08-08-2007, 10:18 PM
All of it appeals....so lovely.

08-10-2007, 04:21 AM
Thanks everyone :)

The composition took alot of time to get right, I must have taken hundreds of reference photos with different arrangements of the tulips, some with the dark shadows on the wall, some without. I almost didn't use this one, thinking the shadows might be a bit too much, but decided to go for it in the end.

Hi Char! I think we'll be spending alot of time here, don't you? ;)

Of course I had made a decision last week to concentrate on landscapes for a while - just before I found this forum! lol Not to worry, I'll get back to flowers soon, it's a passion! ;)


08-10-2007, 04:34 PM
the composition is lovely and the shadow beautifully done - it's really fresh and spontaneous and ... gorgeous :)

08-10-2007, 07:47 PM
Ruth I think you chose a great reference, I really like it, and the shadows. The colors are just beautiful. :)