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Old 08-02-2007, 11:52 AM
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Heirloom tulips in gouache and sketches.

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.


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Old 08-02-2007, 12:29 PM
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Re: Heirloom tulips in gouache and sketches.

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.

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Beautiful Tulips. Interesting to learn about the history of them. Thanks.
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Re: Heirloom tulips in gouache and sketches.

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.

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Re: Heirloom tulips in gouache and sketches.

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
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Thank you ladies!

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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.
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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!
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Judy, lovely paintings and a nice compilation of flowers.
I had no idea you were a gouache kind a gal
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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!
Oh I know... spring was very warm here as well. Who knows what next year will bring!?!

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I had no idea you were a gouache kind a gal
heh heh Oh yeah, I do the g-wash almost every day!
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A lovely selection of tulips. Judy
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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.
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Wow, Judy! These are beautiful! Your passion for them shows through!
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Thanks Paula & bayou
No squirrels here Paula..at least not in my neighbourhood.
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I love these - ooo yes, Red Elegans is gorgeous!
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Tulips from ...................... Utrecht ...

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