Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Paintings!

Since I got home from the Fredericksburg Art School, life has been a bit hectic. I've made progress in my garage/studio (almost complete), but some days it's just been too cold/windy to paint outdoors! (Plus the allergens, are keeping my nose red!) So one day, chomping at the bit, I drug everything into my kitchen, set up shop. I looked through a lot of photos and decided on the subject matter. Every April, on Whidbey Island there is a Tulip Festival in Skaggit. Now being a Texas girl, I'm use to seeing mile after mile of open spaces, planted with crops. Agricultural is a big part of the Lone Star State. Cotton, corn, maze, sorgham, etc. are a common site. But nothing short of the Wizard of Oz could prepare me for what I'd see at the Tulip Festival! Maybe it will save alot of typing if I just show you some photos. This is what you see while approaching...not bad..............and get!..........that's pretty...........and...........closer.....and trust me! These tulips are huge!...each one the size of you fist! And ten miles later've seen every color under the rainbow! Absolutely breath taking! So I decided to paint from these photos. I took a little something from here and there and this is what I painted first. And for those who'd like a close-up!......and look, there is even a signature! Then, because I was having so much fun, I painted another one.....and signed it too! Now they sit happily, side by side, waiting for a future together (sssshh....I've even heard there might be a wedding!). Footnote: I wanted to mention that the reason I got to see this lovely site was because Beth, Nate and Carter took me there, while I was visiting them on Whidbey Island in 2007. I took the picture (left) of Carter....and Beth took another one last year! I'll never forget it!


Jody said...

Roxanne, Where is this? Tulips are my favorite flower. I would die to see that in person. Not kidding, I would fall in the rows and wish that heaven was where I was. I have chills looking at these pictures. Beautiful. See you at coffee.

molly said...

30 years ago I spent my first Mothers Day in Holland walking among rolls of tulips also. I never knew of a place in the US that had that kind of beauty - but you found it! I LOVE tulips - why can't we have something like that in good ole dry ,hot Texas? Love your paintings!! keep it up girl.Loved seeing you today- see you soon

Joni said...


Just this passed summer I found a tulip farm in Pearland--can you believe it? The man told me it has been here for years and people come from all over the state (by buses even) to take a peek. It was absolutely beautiful. Did you know about this?

And the pictures are awesome. As always my dear. Missing you!! Wedding???? You got me guessing!!! And my mind going crazy. Maybe number three???


mary said...

These are beautiful - the paintings AND the photographs.

Another artist you will love: Karin Jurick

Kim said...

mom i love these new paintings! great job, they look awesome... did you talk to the people at the valencia about a show?