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02-20-2003, 08:51 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Forcing bulbs
Project Leader: fun2cook
Relative Difficulty: Irrelevant
Type Restrictions: Painting
Medium: Watercolor paints
Subject: Still Life
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited


For a long time I've been forcing bulbs (especially hyacynths) in January/February/March, just to remind myself that spring is just around the corner. Over the past couple of weeks, I've been sketching a bulb in a forcing jar and discovering the particular challenges this image has. Since I'm going to continue working on this type of image I thought why not make it a project for others to share as well. So here it is. Go for it! Spring really is just around the corner. And the scent is sweet!

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Margie L
02-21-2003, 12:38 PM
I'm not forcing bulbs in water but have some interesting amarillys that are coming up. Ok to sign up?

02-21-2003, 01:11 PM
Since I'm not forcing bulbs myself, it is difficult to do a painting of one. Perhaps you could post photos as the bulbs progress through the various stages that people could use to paint along with you.

02-21-2003, 03:47 PM
I might be interested in this project, but I want to see if I can find a bulb vase (is that what those things are called?) before I sign up. What a great excuse for buying flowers!


02-23-2003, 12:21 PM
Well in the past I forced some little white daffodils but the cat really enjoyed pulling them out of their rockery and dragging them around the house. Now the planter boxes on the porch already are showing the tops of the tulips and I'm hoping we don't get a late frost........ The're gonna' be red tulips. I can hardly wait!

02-23-2003, 06:33 PM
Wow, great! I didn't know until just a moment ago that the project had been accepted. I figured that I might have uploaded it incorrectly. Nice to see some interest in it. Any kind of bulb forcing is okay with me.

I have some paperwhites and one hyacynth on the go right now, I ended up giving away my amaryllis bulbs for Christmas, so there you gp - but if those are the kinds of bulbs you have on the go then great!

I'll post more photos of bulbs for reference. If anyone else has some forced bulb reference images, they're welcome too.

03-27-2003, 08:53 PM
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I just did this mini amaryllis tonight. Not sure if my other bulbs are ever going to grow this year (a first). The proportions of the flower and the pot are off but it was fun anyway.

03-27-2003, 09:12 PM
I'd appreciate more reference photos....

no bulbs here yet.....

04-29-2003, 06:06 PM
This is the worst year ever for forced bulbs in my house. My hyacynth is only marginally taller than it was when I first started painting it. Sorry about that folks. This one may need to go on the back burner until next year.

04-29-2003, 10:17 PM

I haven't tried forcing bulbs, but I do have 3 magnificent pineapples that I've grown from grocery purchases.

I also have 2 very tall, leafy avocados grown in the same manner.

Can I still sign up?

Or, you could post more photos :)

05-14-2003, 10:22 PM
Iris, you're too funny. Sign up all you want but I've already tossed my bulbs from this year and have fresh cut daffodils in the forcing jar. Hopefully next season I'll have better luck. Or maybe someone with some good bulb forcing reference pics could send them my way so I could post them and then we could all have better reference photos.

Good luck with the pineapple, sounds interesting.

05-15-2003, 01:37 PM
Okay, I confess. I haven't posted them because they came out so BAAAD. I have a couple of photos of a tulip in a forcing vase that I took, but the developers messed them up (they came out really high key). I had thought about trying to salvage in Photoshop, but the photos are really BAAAD. I vote for waiting until next spring and trying it out again.

Wonder if gladioli would bloom in a forcing vase?


05-15-2003, 03:50 PM
LOL Erin, I vote for waiting until next year too ... unless someone else has some good forced bulb pics lying around somewhere...

02-01-2004, 01:32 PM
It's that time of year again, time to coax those spring bulbs out into flower, a reminder that spring is near (yes, it really is, days are getting longer!). I had a dismal time forcing bulbs last year but they're doing well this year so here are some "forced bulbs" at long last :D

02-01-2004, 01:39 PM
And another one at the beginning stage of budding.

02-01-2004, 01:43 PM
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This is very beautiful, I see you uploaded this in July, sorry I missed it then. I like that way you've handled the pot as well as the amaryllis bud! :clap:

05-27-2004, 08:27 PM
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I painted this from life much earlier this year but only photographed it in its complete stage tonight.

03-17-2007, 09:18 PM
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Hyacyinth sitting
It is that time of year again -- when we reap the benefits of forcing bulbs. These were forced by a neighbour who headed south to sunnier climbs and I'm baby sitting them and enjoying their fragrance very much. This is painted from life and is now tucked away with some other studies that help me view my growth as well as the plants.


03-18-2007, 09:23 PM
Regarding this entry

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/371/completed/99086/tn_Forcingbulbs.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=59058)
this it is my first work with crystal glass and flowers. The eye says to me that some thing not this good (possibly the flowers ......or perhaps the glass...... or the two things ), but I believe that he is better to stop, because while tried to fix it, I was making but tangle

everything indication to improve is welcome