Creative Process for Budding Quince


Years ago when I first encountered a quince blossom, I was blown away at how beautiful it was. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! I’m still intrigued at the bright orangy-pink petals and vivid green leaves surrounding the flower. Usually spring tree blossoms are pastel, muted. Pinks and whites. The quince is just so striking in comparison!

I decided that this month’s giveaway painting should be a quince and I’d like to show you the my creative process in producing this painting.

First, I found a reference photo I liked and drew it in. The other painting is a cherry blossom for my Instagram giveaway I will host next week.


This month the painting is a 6×8 size, with gallery-wrapped canvas. I started with a green wash after texturing the canvas. I like working on a colored canvas instead of having vast white space staring back at me when I start.


Next I blocked in the colors of the petals. Did the undertones for the leaves. Got the shading right. Everything that is background working my way forward.


Next I blocked in color around the flower in the background. I shaded the petals and painted in the middle of the flower. The leaves are shaded, too, plus I painted the tree branches.

The finished piece looks like this:

Budding Quince, by Amy Tanathorn

You can see some of the background colors peeking through the overall muted background color I chose. The vivid green of the leaves really pop against the strong color of the petals. I love this painting and I think the winner will be a very lucky recipient!

Win this painting!

Do you like the way Quince Blossom looks? Imagine running your fingers over the texture and putting in a little nook of your home or office space. Can you see it now? A little bright and cheery place to focus on, as we gently move into the renewal of spring.

If I sold this painting in a gallery or on my online shop, collectors would pay $100 to acquire it. But I’m offering a chance for you to win it by signing up for my Inner¬†Circle Newsletter. Once you’re on my list, you are automatically entered to win a new painting every month!

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As an additional Thank You, you will also receive two free downloadable greeting cards worth $10. You will hear from me only once a month or so with art updates, winner announcements and discounts on my paintings that only you will have. You can unsubscribe at any time, and your privacy is important and stays with me only.
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Photo credit: Vicki DeLoach Creative Commons License

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