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Liriodendron tulipifera

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Yesterday’s sunshine took me to Mottisfont House to enjoy some autumn colour in the gardens. The Tulip Trees looked particularly striking. In autumn, the distinctively lobed leaves of Liriodendron tulipifera turn this glorious golden yellow.  I painted this specimen  of Liriodendron tulipifera in watercolour, with the sun warm on my back and the shadows deep and still.

If you are thinking of growing Liriodendron tulipifera yourself, remember that it is a large and vigorous deciduous tree that needs plenty of space and a pH acid or neutral soil. The tree’s ‘tulip’ flowers are interesting, about 4cm long, tulip-shaped, overall a yellowish-green, with orange marks inside the flower. See the specimen I have painted in watercolour at Mottisfont House, near Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0PL.

Liriodendron tulipifera is a member of the Magnoliaceae family and originates from Eastern North America.  Common names include Tulip Tree, Yellow Poplar and Canary Whitewood.  I am fortunate to have an old and magnificent specimen in the garden where I live.

 

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* I enjoyed painting watercolours from the riverside footpath, between The Ship Inn at Swanwick and The Rising Sun in Warsash, today. Not far from Universal Marina, the views of the Hamble River here are spectacular.

The wreck, shown, is taken to be that of the Brixham trawler, William Allen.

Kirstin White – Hamble River in August
Watercolour painting beside the river Hamble
En plein air beside the Hamble near Universal Marina
Cool water on a hot day

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Watercolour Painting Onboard in a British Heatwave


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What could be more perfect than a British heatwave and a box of paints? Adding water of course! We had glorious sunshine for British Keelboat Academy Racing on the Hamble this weekend.

  I spent Saturday watercolour painting and sketching onboard Bootlegger 2, a handsome motor boat with lots of space, which was just as well since Bootlegger 2 was both committee vessel and mothership for the event.  Other than the picturesque J70’s, my painting subjects were crews waiting on the mothership, race officers, four delightful children and two seafaring dogs.  All subjects were very patient with my fixed stares!

Resulting paintings, both those made on the day and those I will paint later in the studio, will be for sale at Hampshire Open Studios,
http://www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk/artists/basingstoke/item/kirstin-white

   

Race officers arranging the flights. British Keelboat Academy Racing.

 

 

J70 and crew, British Keelboat Academy Racing.
Jezebel J70 and crew
J70 and crew, British Keelboat Academy Racing.
J70 and crew, British Keelboat Academy Racing.
Little portraits of the children on board the commitee vessel.
Some of the children on board. British Keelboat Academy Racing.
J70’s heading home after the days racing
J70 British Keelboat Academy Racing.
White sails. British Keelboat Academy Racing.
Support vessel heading home to The Royal Southern Yacht Club.
Clodagh the seafaring labrador
Bootlegger 2