One of my FAVOURITE things about nature is the way it makes complex forms appear incredibly simple.
Tulips are a prime example. With their uncomplicated petal structure and upright growth habit, they’re the picture of simplicity.
But it can actually be quite a challenge to paint a realistic tulip, especially when you enlarge it.
Because when you study them really closely, you start to notice that they’re hiding a world of complexity.
There are subtle colour changes and quite drastic tonal shifts. The satin-like petals have a gentle sheen and stripy visual texture. Together, these components work in harmony to create the illusion of simplicity.
In this mini-class, I show you how to bring all of those complex elements together to paint a realistic tulip that looks detailed, yet simple.
If you’ve felt inspired by this video and would like to paint your own realistic tulip, I’d love to hear how you get on, so please let me know in the comments below.
And if you’d like to try a more complex tulip, you can find a free mini class for that here.
Please do leave a comment if you’ve enjoyed watching. Reading your comments inspires me so much.