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 Liriodendrontulipifera turn this glorious golden yellow. I painted this specimen of Liriodendrontulipifera in watercolour, with the sun warm on my back and the shadows deep and still.
If you are thinking of growing Liriodendrontulipifera 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.
Liriodendrontulipifera 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.
A leaf of Liriodendron tulipifera, in Autumn.
Leaves of Liriodendron tulipifera in an Autumn breeze.
Liriodendron tulipifera in Autumn colour. Leaf and bark .jpg
* 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.
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,