Sunday, 10 June 2012

Bullied Tulips...


The Summer of Colour has started over at
and the first colour challenge is Rainbow Sherbet
so all pinks, oranges, yellow and a touch of white
not exactly colours you find abounding in Queensland 
in a rather blustery and grey winter


but in one of those magical coincidences 
I arrived at the grocery shop just as a man was unpacking arm loads
of the most glorious looking tulips in rainbow sherbet type colours.
How we were managing to have tulips in winter was a touch puzzling 
so I asked the man about it and he said they had been forced 
forced... okay that doesn't sound too good...


For the rest of the shop all I could think about was field full of tulips
with men standing over them shouting at them to grow
or maybe they had workers walking around in swimsuits 
trying to fool them into thinking it it warmer than it is
or maybe, in a bad flower farm, you have an awful man who holds secateurs
 near buds and tells them to bloom or the bud gets it
no matter what happens bullied tulips can't be happy tulips
especially when upon blooming they find Winter rather than Spring
talk about being ripped off at every turn
so it was with a heavy heart that I carried my poor bullied tulips home...


I tried to find them a lovely sunny spot
and put them in a pretty vase
but I think they were just too much for them and they lasted a very short time
not really long enough to do the more detailed drawing I had hoped
so instead I only managed this sketchy painting
but at least there is evidence that they were once here
valiantly blooming through a cold winter day
I almost abandoned painting them all together
and just submitted this drawing I did of some poppies late last year
which conveniently happened to be in Rainbow Sherbet colours
as it is one of my favourite botanical drawings that I completed
but thought that was a bit rude
so I am putting both in 
and you can imagine the tulips done in the detail like the poppies
and also because I don't want to miss Sunday Sketches
and there was minimal drawing in the tulips
whereas the poppies are drawn
so wins all round 
well except for the poor bullied tulips
and fingers crossed that the next colour prompt 
will be seasonal and the trauma can be averted... xx




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78 comments:

Rita said...

Poor, beautiful, bullied tulips. I imagined them in a hot house with lots of light where they think it is spring--but then what a shock to them when they are carted off and out into the cooler winter weather. Notice I didn't say "cold" winter weather--LOL! ;) ;)

Both your drawings are wonderful. But your freer, looser, bright, colorful style you have now--I love! I think because there's more spirit in it. And I have always loved botanical drawings and wish I was talented enough to accomplish that feat myself. Now I am doubly in awe. ;)

Tammie Lee said...

your poppie pieces are wonderful...
for some reason i am truly drawn your piece from last year.

Jennifer McLean said...

you continue to delight me with your wonderfully funny posts. Both paintings are really wonderful, poor bullied tulips. Here we get around this quick dying problem by using the camera the instant they're in the vase!! We know they die the second they figure out they're living with McLeans. lol.
Hugs,
Jenn

Ginny said...

Both paintings are beautiful. The colors are so lovely. Both paintings make me want to get out my paints and create something. Thank you for the inspiration.

Diana Evans said...

Oh you have blown me away yet again Tracey!!!! these tulips are so gorgeous and they really pop!!! and your poppies are magical and I think I have actually tried those tam tams.....yummy!!!!! Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!!!

Gina Sismilich said...

Tracy you make me smile - I did picture those poor bullied tulips! Love both the drawings -

lydiapuenteharris said...

Tracey,your an awesome writer and artist and I love how you always share the story of what you are drawing. I also love the bullied tulips and the thought that they choose to show beauty if only for a few days. :) The poppies are magnificent! I love all of the veins and personality.

Nora CG said...

Your two paintings are so beautiful. Love to see all the details in them. Love your post, you made me smile!
I like that!! Have an amazing day!
Nora

Molly said...

Great whimsical tulips... Although the description of their life... And what sounds like a potential early suicide was rather depressing! :-)

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Love your vibrant tulips!
Stay inspired!

Neesie said...

Okay Trace so you've passed the guilts to me now...I too may have bullied tulips but you see I never even asked! I just bought the suckers! What does that say about me???
But having said that they do appear to be happy here because they've become very 'perky' shall we say, standing tall and now the heads are beginning to open ;D
So my theory is if they did start life traumatized by bullying then they shall end their days basking in the afternoon sunlight (when it appears)and having me admire their beauty ;D
Now onto your paintings...to say they're stunning, amazing, brilliant etc etc, just doesn't really sum it up really. I'm in awe of you're skills. The vivid colour of the tulips is spectacularly dramatic but the delicacy and elegance of the poppies just perfect! :D

Sandra said...

Ahh... POOR tulips!!! At least now, thanks to you they have the life they deserve! They are now not just poor, bullied Tulips, but world FAMOUS ones!
Love the painting you did of them - and wow, that drawing! So intricate! Amazing stuff :0)

Jez said...

Tracey, your beautiful tulips and poppies have lifted my heart today and cheered me. And your blog is so inventive to read, I love it. Thank you for giving me another little step to recovery.

Fallingladies said...

It's amazing that i am now feeling sorry for tulips! I am now off to read your other posts, hopefully i won't need to conjure up any more pity for plants, we shall see.....

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Beautifully done flowers and just the right colors for up coming event ~ love your style ~ ~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

Heather said...

oh these are just juicy beautiful colored tulips! AWESOME! your art makes me happy!

laurie said...

I had to laugh when I read that because thats what I call them as well, I think it might be a form of cruelty, ha ha, gosh your work is so beautiful,

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Those poor tulips. No wonder they didn't last long - so tired. Your Poppies are outstanding. Beautiful all around.

Denise said...

So beautiful,I love your talent.Perfect!Your new follower-Denise

kimmie said...

Beautiful sherbet colors .... Tulips always look like Easter eggs to me - now I will see soops of ice cream :)

ashok said...

enjoyed going thro your work..cheers

Manon said...

Ha ha you got me laughing again. Guess what I am doing...walking around in my bikini trying to get someone to do something for me...but no luck...I am getting back into my jogging pants very soon because I am now frozen!
The last work on this page is just to die for!
ManonXx

Victoria said...

Oh my..such gorgeous blooms..magnificent flowers...you have me dazzled again..they are totally sublime! Love the soft pinks...gorgeous and radiant!
Awesome!
Victoria

peggy gatto said...

Stunning poppies!!!!!!!
Dreamy and yummy tulips!
Both are stand outs!

Jehanne's doodles said...

Oh these are beautiful!!

Alexandra said...

Look at those lovely tulips and poppies. I LOVE the boldness and bright colours found within your tulips and the soft, gentleness in your poppies. Well done!!! :) xx

Anns Art said...

Love all your sketches, but now I'm worried about all those poor bullied tulips!

Giggles said...

Tracey you are so humorous! I love the comedy in your posts! These tulips are beautiful!

Hugs Giggles

Joanne Osband said...

Enjoyed your bullied tulip tirade ;)
I love the last drawing of the poppies......the shapes, color, and lines are exquisite. BTW, maybe you can find forced daffodils :)

Kristin Aquariann said...

Both paintings are so pretty - I'm glad you decided to share the tulips. :D

Christine said...

your tulips are so gorgeous, well done, Tracey!

Lynn said...

Your colors KNOCK ME OUT!!! Are these acrylics? So bold. So striking. And the poppies lighter, but detailed fantastically well.
Wow! HSS.

Lynn Richards said...

I'm now looking at flowers that aren't supposed to be in bloom in a whole new light....
I keep forgetting our seasons are opposite. It's so warm here!! I bought Peonies, as it is too warm where I am to grow them and they are lasting a long time. Maybe they are a little hardier than tulips?
xo
lynn

Rosa said...

Los tulipanes son muy bonitos, los colores llenos de vida son fantásticos y que decirte de las amapolas, tan frágiles y tan bien pintadas.

Un abrazo

Fishcake_random said...

The tulip story makes me want to pick them as the winner in your post. I'm a sucker for a sob story lol

x x x

helena said...

your ideas on how tulips are forced gave me a good morning chuckle - love the images

missy k said...

Hi

Poor tulips.... I bet they were glad to come home with you and have a few days free from bullying before they well..... you know...... were no more.

I love both your drawings.... these are some of my favourite colours and flowers :)

Well done btw!!!!!

See you next week for mint choc chip!

Karen

BJ said...

Thanks for visiting me. Your paintings are gorgeous and so precise, I love them. BJ

Diana Taylor said...

What lovely paintings - I love your different styles - both are very beautiful in such different ways.

craftattack said...

Great tulips, some of my fave flowers. There are fields of them round the corner in spring, a wonderful sight! Valerie

NatashaMay said...

Lol! Poor tulips. :) I think they were grown in a hotbed or whatever it's called in English. :) Great paintings! I love the poppies, too.

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

In Minnesota, garden nurseries have "hot houses" which are delightful for both people and plants in the middle of the winter when temperatures plummet well below zero. I often think how shocking it must be for a plant or cut flowers to go outside in the dead of winter...kind of like the bullied tulips you so beautifully drew.

I like the difference in style of the flowers - the tulips with the brilliant color as the focus and the other flowers with the detail. Both are lovely!

Jenny said...

So happy to come to your blog Tracey... your artwork is gorgeous... and I love this post and your beautiful tulips and poppies... perfect for rainbow sherbet week...

Hugs
Jenny x

Elisabeth R said...

Your poppies are wonderful! (And I just love your detailed drawings!!)

Elizabeth said...

Love both! Vibrant colors!

Ritu Dua said...

Love your tulips and the poppies too! They radiate so much of positive energy ...simply beautiful!

Ana said...

That is sad to hear about the bullied tulips, and their journey. What is beautiful is that you captured them and had the opportunity to be there and see them. I'm sure they treasured how you felt. Beautiful drawings, and thanks for stopping by my blog. Such a pleasure to meet you too. :) Enjoy the rest of the color challenge. x Have a happy week

Mandy said...

YOU ARE AMAZING YOU KNOW...AN AMAZING TALANT...I LOVE VISITING YOUR BLOG...XXX

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Too funny! My keyboard is just not safe from coffee sputter when I read your posts! I'll never think of forced flowers the same way again! I LOVE both styles you shared here with the side view of the tulips and the interior of the poppies- no matter what style you go wit, your work is always so very beautiful!

Anita said...

They are all just beautiful, and your blog is wonderful!

Becky said...

All of your entries are very pretty. The poppies are my favorite though. :)

scrapwordsmom said...

Simply beautiful.

Caz said...

I really love your botanical drawings!! I love the old fashioned books you can get where instead of photos you get drawings and thats what this reminded me of!!!

Simona Cordara said...

Awesome piece!!

WrightStuff said...

54 cooments already... My u r popular. I am of course writing this from Corfu where it is summer and hot - did I mention that? No need to for e bloom from flowers. Just have to force lazy woman from sunbed into pool!

Tulips my gave flower so I love them all even if bullied.

Anita Van Hal said...

Beautiful! You do lovely work! Thanks for sharing!

Kristin said...

xo!

sugar Creek said...

Well I love your tulips! I think they are one of my favorite flowers. I love the other piece as well and your take on the poor tulips is quite funny! xx

Joanna said...

hahaha, 'forced' tulips!!

BEAUTIFUL artwork, you are so talented :o)

Terrie Purkey said...

even your quick paintings shine! Love this peek of spring - being a florist I somehow never thought of 'forced' flowers as objects to be pitied but my viewpoint is forever changed! What about all those forced roses for Valentines Day or forced lilies for weddings - OMG, I may never be able to use a flower not picked from my own garden again! :)

Hill Country Hippie (aka Miss Becky) said...

Ha! Knew I was going to love your blog as soon as I saw your banner at the top! Definitely bookmarking this one!

Kristin Dudish said...

Yay Tracey! You were surely a hero to those "poor bullied tulips"... providing them shelter, a sunny spot, and continued life through your beautiful drawing :)

xo
Kristin

p.s. I LOVE this post... SO much... I literally LOL'ed!

Diane said...

They're both wonderful---I Love your style!!!!

Carmen said...

Poor tulips :( But at least they live forever now - and as always I'm sat reading this smiling even when it's about battered tulips!

Frances Traina said...

these flowers are to die for!!! lovely Tracey!!!

Sandi said...

Tracey...so beautiful! I feel special just having a look.

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Poor tulips.. they have got a new lease of life in your paintings for sure,,they can be happier there forever:) Love both your works...the second one has so much detail to it...loved the presentation of both. I love blooms too:)

scarlett clay said...

You always have so many beautiful works to show, I love your tulips!

Netty said...

wow loving both your fab pictures for SOC, Annette x

Daniele Valois said...

lovely lovely gorgeous gorgeous!!!

JansArtyJunk said...

Your artwork is gorgeous Tracey... and I love this post and your beautiful rainbow sherbert tulips and poppies... looking forward to your week 2 now!!
Jan x

denthe said...

LOL... Love your post, and your tulips look lovely, as well as your poppies ;-)

Kathy said...

Beautiful ... love it.. so sad about the bullied tulips though.. your post put a whole new thot on greenhouses...lol
Kath
xx

Janelle said...

I love your flower drawings, they area lovely. I love they way that you used the colors. Your post made me giggle all the way through.

Virginia said...

Wow amazing and gorgeous colours and artwork!

Mina said...

Your paintings are so beautiful. My only painting skills are walls and baseboards. ;-) Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. Have a wonderful weekend. Mina

K said...

Oh that tulip sketchy painting is beautiful, I like the poppies as well but I think the tulips are just breath taking.

Ingrid Ormestad said...

Your sketchy 'tulip' painting is beautiful, Tracey, as are your poppies. Spring has just gone in Scotland and the tulips were gorgeous, my garden is an array of poppies, which I love. I'm sure your winter is better than the summer we are having in Edinburgh but at least we are surrounded by lots of lovely colour! Tc :)