The tulip gardens at Roozengaarde, Mt. Vernon, Washington State are gorgeous and charming. Gazing upon this rendering of work takes me to a very happy memory of painting during an artists' retreat given by the Painted Ladies, Inc. I had never been to the tulip festival before. Indeed, I had never even heard of it. If you have never been, you should go!
The tulips bloomed much earlier than usual at this location in 2015. I was so glad I had purchased my plane ticket to arrive a whole day before the retreat started. It gave me the opportunity to go to the tulip fields at Tulip Town before they closed the very next day. The rows and rows of different tulips were so beautiful, I almost cried. Seeing so much color at once does that to me!
While working on this piece at Roozengaarde, I found that painting the dappled light while in the shade of these huge trees was both a challenge and a blessing. Even though it was only April in the Northwest corner of the United States, I had gotten sunburned earlier in the day while working on a watercolor in an open space, so it was nice here in the shade.
There was a Dutch windmill on site. Did I think to paint the windmill? No, I was too focused on the colorful tulips. If I ever get to go to Roozengaarde again, I will paint the windmill.
This painting, Tulip Garden, is available unframed for $300...or you can purchase it in a beautifully ornate gold frame for $500.
professional grade oil paint on an archival substrate