Craving color

I was thinking today how monotone winter can be. This weekend it's been raining, sleeting, the snow is dirty and the skies are dark gray. Then I found this photo I snapped a couple of weeks ago ...

Sunset.jpg

I'm dyeing this work with fuchsia and turquoisey-teal, and where they overlap makes a kind of violet. Keeping a softer focus with my eyes and a looser grip on the brush feels great after the concentration needed to paste a repeat. Less fussy. And this approach to the painting should give some softness to the details and edges defined by the stencil.

 the paste is the yellow part; it gets washed off later

the paste is the yellow part; it gets washed off later

The little tulips that inspired this pattern are the first bulbs to bloom in my garden. We won't see them again until mid-April or so.

 Species Tulips - the first bloom in spring

Species Tulips - the first bloom in spring