I can not believe how soggy our weather has been this year. Last Monday we had a bit of a break so I grabbed willing students to go up and paint in the tulip fields. The color, as always, was mind blowing but the weather was definitely iffy. The wind was stiff, blowing poor Connie's pochade box over more than once. We persevered, however, until the rain started in the late afternoon.
Here's a link to some video I shot of the windy, tulip filled day with my GoPro:
I was inspired to by my friend Peggy to collect this colorful group of old spools. She was a food stylist at one time and had a great eye for a still life subject. Peggy, sadly(for me), had to move back to California but her spools have been gently calling to me from the shelf for quite awhile.
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...