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American Fork, Utah, USA
I started this painting by painting in the blurry background and it’s very nice to work so loosely. It is a nice contrast in the finished painting with the sharp foreground. I attend a local tulip festival where I take reference material photographs to paint the rest of the year. This year at the Tulip Festival, there were a lot of these ball-shaped tulips that opened up to look like peonies. The closed buds made me think of a ball, which made me think of a dance/ball which made me think of Cinderella, thus the title.
There is a lot going on in this painting and all of the narrow and wide brushstrokes catching the light at different angles feels right. That to me is when the surface comes alive and that is one reason I enjoy being a painter.
The hardest part to paint was the ball-shaped tulip that is leaning away in the foreground. The perspective was challenging. It is also difficult to paint yellows because of the myriad of colors that go into a yellow to make it brighter or darker. Believe it or not, black is the best color to mix with yellow to make a greenish, shadowy yellow. I had a college painting professor tell me that the best way to invite a challenge into your studio was to paint something yellow.