I start every painting by sketching the image lightly in pencil. Here you can see that our happy, tulip loving girl was the starting point for the entire painting. In fact, I wasn’t planning on putting all of the tulips in. I was originally only going to have them lining the top of the hill. Once I got drawing, however, I couldn’t stop adding them. They were just too fun to draw.
The next step of my process is to outline my initial sketch in ink. I use a micron pen. This step allows me to refine my drawing a bit and the ink won’t smudge or mix with the paint when I begin painting. You can see our cute, little bunny friend demonstrating the ink outline as well as the first few layers of paint.
I use acrylic paint for all my paintings. I mix my own greens and blacks. I have never found a green or black straight from the tube that I like. You can see that for this painting I chose some very vibrant colors. I used dioxazine purple, alizarin crimson, phthalocyanine blue, cadmium yellow, titanium white, and burnt sienna.