Yellow and Orange Tulips in Watercolor

yellow and orange tulips

This tulip painting looks deceptively simple but it was time consuming and challenging to paint. I found the giant tulip on the left to be particularly challenging since I had such a large area to cover. The orange areas on the tulips required several washes to create an intense color. I painted the yellow areas first and then washed the orange on top; however, the next time I will reverse the process and paint the dark orange first and then apply a yellow wash on top. Each painting is a learning process.

This painting is for my sister with much love.

28 Comments on Yellow and Orange Tulips in Watercolor

  1. Greta
    September 2, 2013 at 12:35 am (9 years ago)

    Just beautiful,!! I need say no more!!

  2. Cin
    September 2, 2013 at 2:42 am (9 years ago)

    This brought tears to my eyes. I love you, Jilly.

  3. pamelajeannestudio
    September 2, 2013 at 3:18 am (9 years ago)

    Gorgeous! I love the shading and your expertise with the watercolor medium.

  4. AnnabelleLee
    September 2, 2013 at 8:07 am (9 years ago)

    Love this! You’ve done a great job!!

  5. Pat
    September 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm (9 years ago)

    Beautiful art!

    • afternoonartist
      September 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks, Elena. Any opportunity for me to slap some serious color on paper is a joyful occasion.

  6. Caitie M
    September 3, 2013 at 9:55 am (9 years ago)

    There is such a lovely warm glow to the colours of the tulips – beautiful :)

    • afternoonartist
      September 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm (9 years ago)

      Thank you, Caitie. I chose the color scheme because orange is one of my sister’s favorite colors.

  7. shreejacob
    September 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm (9 years ago)

    Beautifully done :)

  8. Cindy D.
    September 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow, so pretty! I’m not sure why you think some of these things look simple – they do not! (To me, anyway. Haha.) So beautiful with that large one in the foreground. And then those smaller yellow ones. Just lovely!

    • afternoonartist
      September 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm (9 years ago)

      Thank you, Cindy, for your constant encouragement and lovely comments.

  9. Francesca
    September 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m sure the big tulip was a challenge because I think big objects are more difficult to nail than small objects but the result is really great.

    • afternoonartist
      September 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm (9 years ago)

      Thank you, Francesca. I did find the large areas more difficult to paint!

  10. mc
    September 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm (9 years ago)

    It’s just so beautiful!

  11. Brian
    October 1, 2013 at 6:27 pm (9 years ago)

    What a terrific watercolour,I know how hard this must have been
    Great stuff!


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