Tulips by Melanie Deroon

This tulip field watercolour, along with my charcoal drawing of an eagle, won Wyndham City Council’s, Cultural Encouragment Award 2008.

It’s painted on A3 watercolour paper that’s over 185gsm. We were told in my year 11 art class to have a quick experiment with a medium that we haven’t really used before, so I decided to try watercolour. I started with the tulip just to the left of the center and couldn’t really stop! I used the dry watercolours that you then wet, – of artist quality.

What I really like about watercolour is the way that you can so easily create different tones in your colours just by adding more water, that and the fact that you can wet again and remove if you’re not happy with it.

I actually became quite attached to the single paint brush I used for this painting, so much so that when I snapped it half way through, I got some strong tape, stuck it back together and finished the painting with the same brush!!!!


  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 7 years ago

    wow I just love this work, you’re very clever.

  • gabuchki
    gabuchkiabout 7 years ago


  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful work Melanie, great combination of colors.

  • Marilyn Brown
    Marilyn Brownabout 7 years ago

    I love this, the pink against the green and the receding tulips falling out of focus. It gives the feeling they just go on forever! You show exceptional skill over this media.

  • RLHall
    RLHallabout 7 years ago

    Just lovely!

  • Sheryl Kasper
    Sheryl Kasperabout 7 years ago

    Wow. Beauatiful work. You are very talented. :)

  • darkestartist
    darkestartistabout 7 years ago

    nicely done. if it makes you feel better, i have brushes that broke and i hold them like short crayons lol.

  • Holly Martinson
    Holly Martinsonabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful painting!

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearcealmost 7 years ago


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