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Monday, April 22, 2013

Tulips, Tulips, Tulips

With an urge to see a few tulips, I joined the Anacortes Sketchers and Whidbey Island Sketchers in the Skagit Valley tulip fields for a day of color and sunshine. All that sunshine was deceptive, though – we could have used a bit more warmth!
When I saw the endless fields of red and purple, my first reaction was to be overwhelmed. Where do I start? How? I decided it was a good opportunity to paint the way I have always wanted to paint but haven’t done much of – straight to color, no messing around with drawn lines first. When I switched views for a close-up of a few tulips, I considered drawing an outline first as I usually would. But I had enjoyed the looseness of painting the fields straight with paint so much that I decided to sketch the individual tulips that way, too.

My thanks to Missy, Lisbeth, Carolyn and the other Anacortes and Whidbey sketchers for their warm welcome today! And I happily discovered that most of us will be meeting again very soon – at Gail Wong and Frank Ching’s Line to Color workshop in Mt. Vernon this Saturday!


  1. GREAT description of your "process", Tina. Yes these fields are wordlessly awesome. We drive by these fields throughout the fall, winter, spring while birding the Skagit flats. The shimmering distant field in spring of red tulips and the purple tulips receding in the foreground are an EXCELLENT representation!!!

  2. It was great to meet you today, Tina! Your sketches are wonderful! Post the doves! See you Sat!

  3. These are so lovely and it was great fun having you join us yesterday. I agree with Missy - post the doves - so beautiful. See you Saturday.