Three Tulips

“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.”
– Isak Dinesen

Three Tulips

4″ x 6″ Mixed Media

When I painted this, I loaded it with lots of color with watercolor!  It was flat and stripedy.  (yes, I said stripedy… he he)  I came back and brushed on bits of white and pale colored acrylic.  I liked it much better.  No more stripedy!  🙂

About Isak Dinesen

Isak Dinesen was the pen name of Karen Blixen, the Danish author famously portrayed by Meryl Streep in the film of her best-selling memoir, Out of Africa. She was born near Copenhagen in 1885. In 1914, she and her new husband moved to Kenya to run a coffee plantation. She stayed on after divorcing her husband ten years later, living an unusually independent life. Her book of stories, Seven Gothic Tales, sold well, but Out of Africa made her a worldwide success. She died in 1962.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lindahalcombfineart
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 19:00:09

    Your painting is vibrant and full of life. I know it is a no-no to use white watercolor but it has occasionally really saved a painting for me. I like your creativity. And Isak Dinesen is one of my favorites. I am reading The Bolter which mentions Dinesen and it inspired me to pull out “Out of Africa” for my next read. (Third time – can there be a more engaging opening line?)


    • Beth Parker
      Feb 25, 2010 @ 19:27:44

      Thanks, Linda! I used white acrylic, but some may still consider it a no-no. I found it to be a painting saver. he he I bet Out of Africa is a great read!


  2. lesliepaints
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 10:04:43

    All I can say is that this is an excellent example of not giving up and you paired it with an excellent quote today. It took me awhile to learn that each day is but a brushstroke in a glorious on-going painting.


  3. asmalltowndad
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 09:14:06

    Wonderful drawing, I just can’t seem to allow my brain to be free enough to paint or draw like this. You and Leslie have a touch for putting so many colors together and have them to turn out beautiful. Very Nice!


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