Friday, May 2, 2014

Sparkly Tulip {and a Life Lesson?}

Black Tulip

Recently my son sent some beautiful pictures, taken at a tulip farm near Woodland, Washington. The ones that especially caught my eye were those that looked almost black, reminding me of some unusual (for Missouri) tulips that my daughter is growing. The colors of those tulips inspired this painting.

Tulips just about have to be my favorite spring bloom. However, their “downside,” at least here in Missouri, is that their blooms have such a short duration. If you throw in a windy day, their “glory days” are even fewer. Who knows, maybe part of their beauty lies in the realization that they should be fully enjoyed “now,” as tomorrow they may not be there. Perhaps a life lesson?

So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 (NKJV)

(Linking to Artist’s Play Room, Creative Every Day, Art Journal Every Day, Paint Party Friday and Dion Dior Friday Sketches.)


Netty said...

smashing artwork. Happy PPF, Annette x

Laila said...

Love your tulip. I grow some very dark ones too, and some years ago I was given some bulbs that have their origin back to 1895. These tulips have a scent like rsapberry gelly. Really lovely.

Giggles said...

Gorgeous painting...we had cut tulips last over a week recently and we felt so blessed by their beauty! Great metaphor yes!

Hugs Giggles

Renee Dowling said...

So true, live each day as if it were your first, live in wonder, and live each as if it were your last, seize the day!

I like the added touch of the little dots, they remind me of rain.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Definitely a life lesson! Love your painting on this page! Wonderful!

Joy Murray said...

Part of the beauty of tulips is that they are so short lived. You have to capture them while you can -- thanks for sharing this lovely rendition. It's wonderful.

DVArtist said...

Beautiful tulip. They grow here in OR and seem to have a long life cycle. As long as you can paint them you have them year round
Happy PPF

Marianne said...

Your tulip is beautiful :)
Love the colors.

Robyn Wood said...

Beautiful! It is too hot to grow tulips in my city but I love them and enjoy tulips from the markets when I can.