new greetings cards…

art cards © Mari French 2011

art cards © Mari French 2011

I’m now pleased to be able to offer 3 quality printed art cards showing my work … a chance to own a little piece of my art or send as greetings cards or notecards.
Two landscapes and one of the ever popular purple tulips paintings.
Each is blank inside and cello wrapped with envelope. (The back of each card has a small printed image of the cover print).

Currently retailing at £2.50 each I’m offering a set of 3 for my blog readers and facebook followers, for £6.00 inc p&p.
Paypal accepted or cheques, please ask me for details.

art cards © Mari French 2011

art cards © Mari French 2011

purple obsession…completed!

…as promised here are the final stages of the tulip painting, described in my previous post.

Below you can see how I added purple to the lower foreground to tie it in with the flowers themselves, knowing I would be painting over most of it, but allowing enough to show through to create depth and interest.

© Mari French 2011

© Mari French 2011

I then brightened the foreground up again loosely with pale green (actually lemon yellow and white), wiping it back in places to allow the lower layer colours to show through. I was after an impression of these wonderful tulips bursting through spring foliage in the May garden, in sunshine.

I next added dioxazine purple and quinacrodrine carmine to the flowers to bring out their colours. I’m grateful to Elaine Phipps, a fellow artist and friend, whose recent description of tulip petals as being like ‘plumage’, is such a brilliantly apt description of them.

© Mari French 2011

© Mari French 2011

Once thoroughly dry, I covered each bloom with pieces of easily removable self-adhesive brown tape so I could refresh the upper background with a layer of brighter paint – you can see this in the detail image below.  Tearing the tape into small pieces makes it easier to pull and push them into the natural shape of the flowers.

© Mari French 2011

© Mari French 2011

© Mari French 2011

© Mari French 2011

When I was happy with that area I removed the tape – a moment I love as the colours now sing out against the brighter background.

As you can see in the two lower detail photos (which I really wish were actually large final works- how happy would I then be!), I then worked into each bloom with watercolour pastel in shades of light purple and carmine, to bring a liveliness and light to the flowers, giving them more definition.

You can also see where I earlier splashed fine drops of dilute purple paint to enliven part of the work, and again to tie in the rich purple with the background.

© Mari French 2010

© Mari French 2010

The last two images show the finished piece and the work in position at the Norfolk Open Studios group show at South Acre Church near King’s Lynn, a lively and varied exhibition which I spent all day on friday, along with 11 other artists, hanging (more of which in my next post).

© Mari French 2011

© Mari French 2011

South Acre show, Norfolk Open Studios © Mari French 2011

South Acre show, Norfolk Open Studios © Mari French 2011

purple obsession…

Gallery

This gallery contains 10 photos.

I confess to being more than a little obsessed with dark purple tulips (often called black), especially ‘queen of the night’, at this time of year. The lustrous silk petals of these gorgeous flowers defy comparison and it’s almost impossible … Continue reading