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
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.