Tulip with texture
May 19, 2011
In the last gasps of tulip season I expanded on the series of postcard-sized tulip ‘portraits’ I did earlier this year, and put them on pieces of paper that are a little larger than the postcards. Although these are still relatively small works, somehow the flower has become more monumental. Georgia O’Keefe did a few works like this, monumental-looking poppies, that when I first saw them, in books or on postcards, I thought they were immense, wall-filling canvasses. When I saw them in person at last, I was amazed to find the were really fairly small, intimate works. What a feat of design and execution.
This one is more obviously a contrast between flat areas of color, and a very textured background. And still as I look at it, that tulip is enormous on the paper. Fun!