Monday, April 26, 2010

Tulips, 12x12, Oil

Big fan of tulips, here.  Any color, any kind.  A few years ago a few fellow painters and I made a trip to Holland to paint the tulip fields.  We did our research, but ended up arriving  after 5 days of a freak heat wave that killed all the tulips!  No matter, we found one field that was being mowed under, and painted like crazy.  Then we went to Keukenhof , a gardener's dream come true.  Also Holland itself was very beautiful, and paintable.  I will definitely return.  The Van Gogh Museum alone was worth the trip.
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18 comments:

  1. I'm with you when it comes to tulips. These are great, Kelley.

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  2. That was a great trip...and a lovely, lively place. The museum for Vincent had so much impact on me. Being amidst such a collection of his work was very moving. He'd probably like your tulip painting.

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  3. I think I just might paint some tulips this morning! I like the dramatic background...
    I enjoyed re -living your Holland trip-I went there once and loved it!

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  4. These tulips are beautiful and the black background is really striking.

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  5. Oh, thanks, Carol! Paula, do you remember how BIG those paintings were?

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  6. Loved seeing your trip to Holland...and the tulips are great against that dark background.

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  7. Oh - that sounds like a dream trip. I would love to see the museum! van Gogh is one of the painters I most admire. Your tulips are good and full and you really got the tricky greens in the leaves.

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  8. Lovely painting. The yellow tulips are dramatic against the black. I'm jealous of your trip to Holland. It looked wonderful.

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  9. Hey, Sal! *sigh* Amsterdam....
    Thanks, Kristeena, Pat and Kim!
    Kelley, I was going for 'drama' in this one...

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  10. Me too! Any color as well.
    Love this!
    I haven't bought any tulips here because Publix doesn't treat their cut flowers very well and the tulips are a bit tired looking.

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  11. So is there a subject you don't blog about?

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  12. You succeeded with the drama factor. Great painting.

    I looked at your Holland blog. What a wonderful trip!

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  13. Great design...love the way they seem to be reaching for the sky!

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  14. Kelley , really beautiful! I love the thick paint on the tulip petals, also love the dramatic contrast of the black ground with the pale yellow!

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  15. Nice and dramatic with that black background. I like tulips too--I like their simplicity of form (well, I should say I like the simple-looking ones).
    Planted a few bulbs last fall for the first time and dying to see them...they're still budding.

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  16. It's that time of year for tulips!

    Parrot tulips are my absolute favorite!

    -Dean

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  17. so beautiful tulips, did it painted by yourself? so talent, really beauitufl!thx

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