Red Tulip – Daily Painting – Karen Winters

Red Tulip 11 x 15 watercolor on paper (quarter sheet)

Here’s another new one for the show – a red and golden striped tulip from Descanso Gardens, catching the last rays of the day. And speaking of rays, I’m happy to report that our heat wave has broken. We had dinner on the patio last night and it was 68 degrees at 7:oo or so – what a change from just a week ago when it was close to 100 at that time. Very weird.

I spent today organizing my files to make prints and I was astounded to discover that I have more than 162 pieces in my catalog – and that’s just the ones that I have a positive feeling about. There must easily be three or four times that many. Today was the process-athon. Tomorrow begins the making print and framathon. Eventually comes the sleepathon.

At least (I think) I can take some comfort in the fact that I will never have this kind of intense startup again. There will be more paintings to paint and frame, but the learning the ropes part, the knowing where to go to get this or that supply – that should hopefully be a bit more predictable and relaxed.


  1. Pamela
    September 10, 2007

    I’m starting classes again this fall, as I haven’t painted all summer
    I’m afraid of the bold lines – such as you have done so well in the darker colors of your flower.
    I’m just going to have to grit my teeth and let that brush get juicy and slash!~!!

  2. Karen
    September 10, 2007

    Hi Pamela,
    Yes, just let it flow – there’s nothing to fear. It’s only paper, after all. Sometimes what I fear is the loss of time I’ve invested in a painting if I try something bold and it ruins it. But as long as I learn something from the experiment even that’s not a total loss. So, go for it!

  3. wendy
    September 10, 2007

    What a lovely flower. That would look great on a wall. Good luck with your current project.

  4. hfm
    September 10, 2007


  5. Linda T
    September 10, 2007

    Wow, Karen, the color in this is wonderful, and I love the shadows of the pistil/stamen/whatever it is–I should know and have forgotten–on the petals. Just gorgeous!! Your show is going to be great.

  6. toni
    September 11, 2007

    Karen this one really caught my eye. 😉
    My best to you for your turn at teh gallery.

  7. Nancy
    September 12, 2007

    This is incredibly gorgeous! It sings!
    Yes it was lovely weather last night! (but it was a lot warmer than you indicated!) lol

  8. Karen
    September 12, 2007

    Oh my goodness, I am bleary eyed and tired – what a typo! I changed it to 68 degrees, not 38. Heavens, that was wishful thinking, wasn’t it? LOL

  9. Linda
    September 15, 2007

    Gorgeous flower! I, too, love that shadow in the center — so dramatic!

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