Original oil painting on mdf panel 10x5" available from Newbloodart
It felt a bit spring like this morning, and I felt inspired to paint some flowers. I bought a bunch of white tulips, but just painted this one as that's all I had time for. To paint flowers you have to work incredibly quickly as they change shape much more rapidly than you'd expect. I would have preferred to spend a bit longer, but by the time I'd picked up my daughter from nursery and come home, the leaf had wilted and the flower opened further, so I decided to leave it as it is.
As I was painting I was listening to this video tutorial by Mark Carder, where he talks about learning to work quickly. He gives great advice - I highly recommend watching it.
There are some process shots below. As usual, I was working from the back to the front and from the darks to the lights, saving the highlights right until the end.
I am a realist painter, working in oils, painting landscape and still life.