“Tulip Tree”, copyright 2015 by Kerry McFall, Prints $25
This tree portrait represents an experiment with “focus”. Inside the enlargement, I used both opaque watercolor and transparent watercolor initially, then highlighted using a brush pen. I blurred the background branch by scribbling over it with white china marker, and I drew over the outline of the foreground branch and blooms with the marker also. Then I added a blue transparent wash over the entire background, which fuzzed things up quite nicely. A few touchups with transparent watercolor and .03 Pitt Artist’s Pen, then I added the quick sketch of the entire tree as it appears outside my kitchen window. The final touch was to spatter pink paint from a toothbrush on the blossoms – next time I think I’ll use thicker, brighter spatters.
TulipTreePhase1, copyright Kerry McFall
Tuliip Tree Phase 2
Sunday was a blustery day so the petals are now scattered all over the neighborhood. In another few days, they’ll be soggy, brown memories of their former pink glory. Time marches on.
Spring still seems like a vague possibility out here in Oregon, so much so that finding May Day flowers to sketch was quite a challenge. The neighbors “donated” a trio of tulips from the side yard, I found a handful of wild hyacinth that didn’t get mangled when the new front steps were poured, and last summer’s herb pots yielded two stems of mint. The weather guessers have promised us a true spring day for May 1st, so enjoy your virtual flower delivery while Griff and I head off to Findley Wildlife Refuge to see if we can spot some baby geese!