Tulip drama indeed! I hesitated buying these tulips because I knew the yellow tipped petals would be a challenge. Little did I know that they were double tulips as well, effectively doubling the difficulty of a difficult tulip. Woe is me! ;)
This is what the tulip fields don't look like right now. In the last couple of years the tulips were early. This year, after a cold, wet, wet winter, they are behind. So this particular piece was painted from a photo I took. It was a class demo. We are still preparing ourselves for a plein air trip to the tulip fields. I think the tulips will be ready next week. We just have to cross fingers on both hands that the weather will be decent...
I always find it a little funny that PAWA paint-ins are better attended than most paint outs. I'm not sure why that is but I do know it's a great opportunity to catch up with painting friends and I always enjoy going.
This is one of my favorite recent paintings. It's for sale at the Rexville Grange Art Show near the tulip fields in Mt. Vernon. The subject matter seemed appropriate. The show starts Friday. If you are headed up that way, I highly recommend a visit. There's some great stuff there and I'm already afraid any profit I might make will probably be spent at the show...
I drove by the tulip fields yesterday after setting up the show. Lots of daffodils in bloom but not much in the way of tulips yet. Here is a link to check out what is currently in bloom: http://www.tulips.com/bloommap
We've had a very, very soggy and chilly winter so thank goodness for greenhouse tulips!
Returning to our trip to France, after getting your ticket you'll probably want to reserve a place to stay. Sandy, the trip coordinator recommended a couple of nice inns to stay at. I chose to give Airbnb a try. There were a couple of things that appealed to me about Airbnb. First, you can find a pretty good deal. The cost of the studio I'm staying in is less than half the inn Sandy recommended.
Second, I liked the opportunity to take a peak at how the French live. It was really interesting perusing the unique homes and rooms available in the area .
Lastly, my hosts are very accommodating. Once I reserved my room I was contacted the next day by the host, Veronique, and asked if there was anything I needed help with. I soon discovered that her mom is a watercolor artist and is willing to recommend places for me to go paint!