Friday, June 8, 2007

The tulips are gone ~ De tulpen zijn uitgebloeid.


copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Red Elegans", Lily-flowered Tulip
Talens, W&N, Holbein designer Gouache on Winsor&Newton wc paper.
12.5 cm x 18.5 cm

Yep, the pots of the special tulips are over now...we're kind of sad. :o(( . However, we (and our humans) really enjoyed this experience - the planting, the waiting, the worrying and finally, the excitement as each new layer brought forth more beauty to behold!

We've previously blogged about planting them here: "Garden work - Tuinwerk" and here: "Tulips and The Wall - Tulpen en de Muur" and a photo of the pots getting snowed on here: "What is that white stuff? - Wat is dat witte spul?"

"Mom" has been sketching and painting the tulips all spring, as well as other garden flowers. Hmm, we guess if you're going to live in Holland then you have to draw tulips - there must be a law somewhere. Here are some of the tulip pages from her various sketchbooks she has devoted to sketching the flowers in "our" garden. Sometimes there's been delightful surprises - not "officially" planted!

copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Sketches done in Moleskine sketchbook using colored pencils,
Derwent Graphitints, gouache, pen & ink and graphite pencil.

This is another gouache painting that "mom" did of one of the Rembrandt tulips, "Mabel" (heirloom blub from c.1915) . Along with the oldest Duc van Tol tulips (c.1595) , the Rembrandt tulips were "mom & dad's" favorties - so much so, that this coming fall, they are going to buy us some more Rembrandt blubs for "our garden"! We're lucky little Dutch cats. :o)

copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Mabel in the Skies"
Talens, W&N, Holbein designer Gouache on Fabriano wc paper.
14 cm x 14 cm

Rembrandt tulips are also known as "broken tulips" because of the differing and variegated patterns in the petal colors - no two are alike (which adds to the pleasure of growing them, in our opinion) . The patterning is caused by a tulip virus in the bulbs. We think they are simply beautiful tulips and apparently, so did people many centuries ago! We were most pleased with our Rembrandts ... lovely, tall, strong-stemmed, perfect "traditional" tulip shape heads and long lasting - even when used as a cut flower.

We've put together some photos sets for "our readers" (hey we do have readers - don't laugh!) of all the heirloom tulips we grew this year. We lie, of course, actually "mom" put the pics together... we're just pretending we're "clever cats in clogs"! *grin*

Duc van Tol tulips & Gele Prins (click image block(s) to enlarge)

Rembrandt "Insulinde" and Double Early "Purperkroon"

Rembrandt "Mabel" and Lily-flowered " Red Elegans"

And sadly, how the pots look after the tulips have finished blooming (uitgebloeid).

Oh well, we'll just replant the bulbs in the fall and hope to see these beauties next spring.

Tot gauw (see you),
Finn & Sacha


Anita said...

I love the sketches of your tulips! I long to do a little book with drawings like yours but somehow never get there! These are really superb!

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Hey Anita!!! *big wave*

Thanks for the compliment.

Like the ad says, "just do it! Start a "dedicated" sketchbook and add to it when you get the urge...don't put the pressure on yourself and it will magically fill up with sketches.

See ya 'round WC! :o)

René said...

Great sketches, great story and great tulips, .. strange cats though, .......

btw. Add something to your sketchbook will do the trick, but add something EVERY day will definitely fill it up AND give yourself discipline what's results in inspiration.

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks René! (hoe gaat het met je?)

Finn is looking at me and saying he thinks he needs to go to Gelderland and proove to you he's not strange... heh heh. ;o)

Yes, adding something EVERY day is great disicpline and I do draw something (even if I wouldn't show it to the cats, let alone anyone else), in a sketchbook EVERY day...for the past, oh, 30 years or so. I even have my old sketchbooks from art school. Yes, I really do ... LOL


René said...

I didn't painted every day a few years ago but when I discovered plein air painting it's soooo addictive and now I almost paint EVERY day too. There is on one moment no inspiration needed anymore it's like eating or sleeping, you feel like missing something when you don't paint, .... and see there also the answer to your question. Not so good, its hard to get going again a little painting is exhausting and after an hour painting/drawing every muscle in my shoulders hurt like someone sitting on it. That the main feeling, the worst feeling is the great sadness inside, I feel like bursting in tears any moment and yet those are gone a while now, ....

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Beste René,

A loss such as you had takes some time to heal. I do know how that sort of loss, the great sadness inside and a heavy heart feels. :-(

Go easy on yourself, your shoulder and your heart. It will get better with each passing day, month, year.



Charne said...

Wonderful pictures Judy and gorgeous sketchbook always!!! I'm looking forward to seeing next year's crop. THANK you for sharing your beauties and your drawings/work with us!
Knuffels voor Finn & Sacha ook....

Veel liefs,

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Charne!

Knuffels back at ya! :o)

Judy & de katten

René said...

Thanks! :-D


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