I came back to this painting today with the thought of just finishing it up a bit. It was early. I brought some beautiful tulips we had at home. With the thought of doing some warm up drawings first, I found some big pieces of paper. Using a stick from Calistoga I sketched with walnut ink which is a warm brown color. The drawings came out nice and loose.

Here is one of about 5 or 6 warm ups I did. On this one, after the photograph was made, I added another stroke to make the box-like shape more strong.

Two of my favorites.

Here I’m getting ready to paint with these really great new acrylics that act like oil paint.

You can blend, even erase paint when it is dry and the end result doesn’t look like plastic.

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Using a stick and walnut ink I sketched in the tulips.  I saw a smilie face. Shall I erase it or try turning the canvas horizontally?

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After hanging the painting horizontally, I brought it together with some paint. Dated May 30th, this painting is titled Celebration. Besides celebrating the fact that I have been cancer free for a year, the painting is about celebrating the birthdays of two very good friends. Make that three friends :)