Spring has really, really arrived, and I'm finally sharing a 'spring time' painting I did last October as a demo in Middletown, Ohio. Yupo 'paper' can be painted on in so many ways, with a range of techniques, and this picture shows a much more realistic landscape-look than the rest of this month's YUPO posts.

My sister-in-law, Chris, took the reference photo, posted below, on one of her trips to Holland. The tulips were done blooming by the time we went there together. The photo has been used for information and inspiration, but, as you can see, I took a lot of liberty to change the layout and colors to suit the romance I tried to create in the painting.

If you're an artist working with watercolors or fluid acrylics and you haven't tried YUPO yet, it's time to start. Working on this surface opens up so many possibilities that are not available with regular, cotton watercolor paper.

YUPO is an extremely high grade plastic surface that will last for a very long time. Both sides are the same, and there's a very thin layer of foam between the surfaces. If you like to experiment, to grow, to try something exciting, order some YUPO and enjoy the journey!

"AMAZING GRACE" Transparent Watercolor on YUPO 20 x 13" COLLECTED


Tracy Wandling said...

So...are you on the YUPO payroll?! lol If not you should be...you're the perfect spokesperson...not only with your words, but with the amazing and beautiful paintings you create on this surface! Just lovely.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Okay, now you've got me back on another Yupo series. I had already drug the stuff out for loose petroglyph paintings, now I will have to start another more realistic one again. I have done three realistic paintings on Yupo and found it to be more difficult to paint realistically with it in some ways, but easier in others. I'll start looking for a good ref photo. Might even do a WIP series for this one, taking photos along the way.

Speaking of which, you wouldn't happen to have a demo of a realistic Yupo posted anywhere? I would find that intersting, to say the least! I love the negative painting around the flower masses in the foreground, or were the flowers lifted out from the greens and painted in last? With the Yupo, there are possibilities both ways. This is a super painting!

Dawn said...

I love your painting Sandy! the photo is wonderful but I like the pink Tulips better then the red and orange ones.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Tracy, I only love YUPO, don't work for them. I think Taylor Ikin did/has, tho.

Susan, I have no in progress paintings, partially because I actually forget about everything, including the camera, when I'm playing with YUPO. The tulips were first, with the lighter pink areas actually miskited to keep those petals clean while I painted in the big rosy pink areas/ Leaves were added last. Daffs were miskited too. It's so easy to remove the miskit with your fingers or a rolled piece of masking tape, then fill in the clean areas as needed. I certainly could have lifted out the shapes, but the miskit produces an immaculately clean and crisp edged shape ready to paint.

Sandy said...

these take my breath away...

sooooo beautiful..


Anonymous said...

Please, Please, use one of my photos as a reference photo for one of you beautiful works of art!

This is stunning!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...


Thanks for explaining that you DO use masking fluid on Yupo. In the Taylor Ikin workshops I took last year the question of using that was asked and she said you don't need to use it since you can wipe it back to white wherever you want to so I just put the thought of using it out of my mind. But, it makes sense to me for some small areas to go ahead and use it. My next reference photo victim will be a photo of Buchart Gardens, with FULL foliage EVERYWHERE, so I will definitely get the chance to use your method.

BTW, I so admire your portrait of the gentleman sitting on the stone wall. Thank you also for showing us some close-up detail, it makes sense to me now how to achieve some of these things. I am feeling my way through the world of Yupo on my own at this point, Taylor Ikin workshops and George James one video notwithstanding, so appreciate all the help I can get.