Red tulips in watercolor

I’m so excited to show you my sister’s finished watercolor painting. The addition of the swirly texture–inspired by artist Cindy Dauer at–really made this painting come alive. My sister wasn’t thrilled with the dark green background–she felt it obscured the ink details–so I lightened it in Photoshop so she’d be more satisfied with the end result.

After I lightened the background I played with Photoshop’s Hue setting (Image>Adjust>Hue/Saturation) and came up with several variations of her painting in different colors. It looks amazing in the different color combinations and would make a great art grouping in her new house. Are you ready to see this? I’m so excited to share!

Orange tulips in watercolor

In orange and teal. Fabulous!

Pink watercolor tulips

In hot pink and lime. Be still my heart!

Purple tulips in watercolor

In purple and green. Delightful!

Yellow watercolor tulips

In yellow and aqua. What’s not to love? How do you like your painting now, sissy? It’s perfection.

12 Comments on My Sister’s Watercolor Tulips

  1. Ah, the color slider! I love that thing. Sometimes I’ll use it on a finished marker drawing and find colors I like better. It also inspires new color combinations. Of these I have to say the yellow and aqua is my favorite! The painting is a really wonderful collection of petal shapes and subtle color changes.

  2. Hi, I just saw that you “liked” one of my posts, so I hopped over to see what your blog was about. I love your watercolors!!! I love the simplicity, the clarity, and the luminosity of the colors. So appealing. I just sent the link to my 87 year old dad who paints in watercolors. I hope it inspires him. He is on his way to a week at an elder hostel in Cape May where he will be taking a watercolor course. Anyway, I also noticed that you are in Northern VA, so we are neighbors. 🙂

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