Tiptoe through. . .
August 15, 2008
“Graphic Tulips”, ©Jill Rosoff 2007, watercolor on paper, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, SOLD
I started painting tulips when I first started painting watercolors and they are a theme I go back to every now and then, as a sort of a touchstone. I started painting them after going on a 2-month college tour of Europe, visiting almost every Western European country. It also included Yugoslavia and Czeckoslovakia, so it was before the Iron Curtain came down. I saw the Berlin Wall, and went through Checkpoint Charlie to East Berlin. Spooky! A good story, another time.
Our last stop on the continent was Holland, where I bought a packet of tulip bulbs in mixed colors. They were shipped to me in Berkeley later on that fall, around planting time. So, city girl that I am, I prepared the ground and planted the bulbs. And waited and waited. At last in March they bloomed, gloriously, so of course I did a painting of them. Well, I did a few of them. I recently unearthed that first painting and put it up in the studio for awhile.
So doing this piece was a revisiting of an old friend. I was trying out a different “take” on these lovely blossoms, a more graphic rather than realistic visual. I wish bulbs were easier to grow in So. Cal!
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