View Full Version : Heirloom tulips in gouache and sketches.

08-02-2007, 10:52 AM
I grow several heirloom (historical) tulips (rare/hard to find bulbs - no longer in commercial production) along with non-heirlooms, of course. I painted the "Red Elegans" and the "Rembrandt Mabel" about a couple of month's ago..when they were blooming in my garden.

"Red Elegans" - a lily flowered tulip. bulb dates back to the year 1895 when it first appeared on the tulip scene. (red seems not to want to scan very well...sorry)
Gouache on Winsor&Newton wc paper - approx. 5"h x 7.5"w

Rembrandt tulip "Mabel", bulb dates back to 1915.
Gouache on Fabriano wc paper watercolor paper - approx. 5.5" square

And the oldest tulip bulb in my garden - Duc van Tol tulip "Red-Yellow", ca. 1595 (this is the oldest known "cultivated" tulip bulb in the world - it is now in very rare supply).
Gouache on Fabriano wc paper - approx. 7"h x 5"w
I painted the Duc van Tol while at the Hortus Bulborum in Limmen, Netherlands. The Hortus-Bulborum (http://www.hortus-bulborum.nl/) specializes in continuing/perserving heirloom (historical) tulips, narcissus, hyacinths, fritillaria and crocus bulbs. You can order bulbs from them (if you get on the list early enough) or from a company in the states that orders from them.

And a bunch of sketches of some of the tulips from my garden this year. This was posted on my blog - hence the black background.

C&C welcome.

M Douglas
08-02-2007, 11:29 AM
Beautiful tulips Judy, thank you for sharing the history about them. I had the oportunity this past spring to go out to some local tulip fields to take photos, the many different types and incredible colors were so inspiring.


08-02-2007, 11:49 AM
Beautiful Tulips. Interesting to learn about the history of them. Thanks. :wave:

Mikki Petersen
08-02-2007, 12:41 PM
Thank you so much for the information. I would never have recognized the "lily-like" flowers as tulips. Your colors are gorgeous in each of those pieces.


Charlie's Mum
08-02-2007, 01:03 PM
These really are lovely Judy - and that first 'Elegans' is very striking - lovely design.
Really like the 'surprise' tulip's colours and the white one too is very elegant!

Nice to have additional info about them too :D

08-02-2007, 04:16 PM
Thank you ladies!

Really like the 'surprise' tulip's colours I wish I knew what the "surprise" tulip is... have to wait for next season, get someone over to look at it. That's if it comes up again.

Charlie's Mum
08-02-2007, 05:03 PM
Just as a by-the-by ........ my tulips were the best ever this year ...... must have been that warm spring! They were all scarlet - nothing fancy! :lol:

Lady Carol
08-02-2007, 05:09 PM
Judy, lovely paintings and a nice compilation of flowers.
I had no idea you were a gouache kind a gal :lol:

08-02-2007, 06:27 PM
Just as a by-the-by ........ my tulips were the best ever this year ...... must have been that warm spring! They were all scarlet - nothing fancy! :lol:Oh I know... spring was very warm here as well. Who knows what next year will bring!?!

I had no idea you were a gouache kind a gal :lol: heh heh Oh yeah, I do the g-wash almost every day! :p :D

08-02-2007, 06:37 PM
A lovely selection of tulips. Judy

08-02-2007, 07:15 PM
Thanks for some lovely tulips. I hope you don't have squirrels. All my tulips were stolen by them. One ended up in the backyard for two years, then disappeared. Now I have only daffodils and crocuses. Siberian squill also. Critters will get what they want.

Your older tulips are so interesting. How they have changed and evolved.

08-02-2007, 07:16 PM
Wow, Judy! These are beautiful! Your passion for them shows through! :)

08-02-2007, 07:55 PM
Thanks Paula & bayou :)
No squirrels here Paula..at least not in my neighbourhood.

08-02-2007, 09:17 PM
I love these - ooo yes, Red Elegans is gorgeous!

08-04-2007, 01:20 PM
:music: Tulips from ...................... Utrecht ...:music:

Superior !

08-04-2007, 03:32 PM
Thanks, Celeste! :)

Merci, Gilberte! :music: :heart: :wave: