I've been busy working on this series for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. After having spent so many hours over many years in the tulips, I can combine my drawings from life with photos and come up with some unique compositions and color moods. I am thinking that it would be fun to do a tulip series each year, in honor of the Festival. But that's part of my challenge...I love to have big ideas, and dreaming is great for that. The brainstorming phase of, "How far could I take this idea?" is a fun exercise. But I have to be careful. The next thing I know, there are all of these expectations and lots of pressure. I think a good thing is to go ahead and dream, but let it be for gathering possibilities. Wait for the ideas to simmer and see which ones are worth doing, and fit with my long term goals. So there we go. For now this is a series of tulip paintings for 2018, with the option to do another next year.
By the way, if you haven't been up to the Tulip Festival in awhile, pack a lunch or snacks and spend a few hours next April in the glorious fields. It changes your whole outlook. And you will get some amazing photos. Or paintings, if you're a painter.