Blue Parrot Tulips

1. Begin by sketching the tulips with thinned Mauve on the small round brush. Paint the background with the 1" brush and criss-cross strokes using various mixtures of painting medium, Blue, Green, Turquoise and White. Create the mottled effect by spraying the background with paint thinner.

Progressional Steps

2. Add long, curved, double-wide leaves with the 3/4" brush and various mixtures of Blue, Green, Turquoise and Yellow. Mist again with odorless paint thinner. Underpaint the tulips with the 1/2" brush and a very thin mixture of painting medium and Mauve. Make very loose, long, flowing strokes. Allow your brush to pull in the foliage colors to create an illusion of transparency.

Blue Parrot Tulip
3. Darken the centers and shadowed areas of the tulips with a dry mixture of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson. Use the 1/2" brush to carefully "sculpt" the flowers with brush strokes.
Blue Parrot Tulip

4. Highlight the tulips with the 1/2" brush and Titanium White. Start with the most distant tulip and work forward, completing each flower one petal at a time. Add the tiny stamen petals with the filbert brush and Cad Yellow. Shadow the stamen with Alizarin Crimson and highlight the stamen with White. Lighten the center of the "queen" tulip and add tiny dark dots. Don't forget to add White lines to the petals which are so distinctive of tulips.

Blue Parrot Tulip
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