Tulip Mania

Yes, I love to paint flowers, but I also love listening to Podcasts. A recent podcast discussed the history of tulips. Fascinating to know that during the 17th century, the Dutch considered them a prized possession and would pay exorbitant amounts for a single bulb. If you have iheartradio you can listen to it below or wherever you get your podcasts.

Painting advice from Louise De Masi on using the glazing technique was a tremendous help on this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnr8LjIOj1s&t=762s

Painted on Arches Cold Pressed 10 x 14 inch Watercolor Paper, 300 lb. using the following watercolors:

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Quinacridone Red

Transparent Yellow

Viridian

We didn’t plant tulips on the farm as expensive prized possessions. We planted them on the farm for the sheer joy of seeing their bright colors each spring. They were simple average tulips that we helped Mom plant around the back porch and along the side of the house.

It’s true about the simple things in life…

We loved planting those bulbs in the fall and watching for the first green stems to peek through the ground in spring.

I found a photo on Unsplash taken by Joshua Hoehne that reminded me of those times. (link in photo for free download)

The tulips have come and gone for this spring. So, until next spring, happy gardening!

Helen

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