Thursday, 30 August 2012

Wonderful Tulips

Watercolour 20 x 15cm
I'm working on a series of studies of tulips, from the tight little bud through to the open flower. The florist was explaining that the stems continue to grow and need to be trimmed as the flower opens. The stem also shapes itself depending on the vase it is placed in. When I brought this bud home and left it lying on the table it opened right up in a matter of moments, then when I realised (!!) and put it in water, it gradually shut quite tight again. To straighten the stems, the tulips can be rolled in wet paper and placed in the fridge for a while.
Panic-stricken sketching...
This is the first sketch I made when the tulip went into the vase, 24 hours later the bud is even tighter than it appears in the watercolour.

How can you not fall in love with the elegant drape of these leaves? 

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