Friday, May 7, 2010

A Keukenhof Beauty - colored pencil drawing of a tulip

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drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
A Keukenhof Beauty
approx. 6" square
colored pencils on stonehenge paper
*sold*

Awhile back I finished this drawing, but forgot to post it here. Oops! I can't even remember the proper name for this tulip and I usually write that sort of info down somewhere, in case I want to buy the bulbs at my local tulip nursery here in Holland. Oh well ....

I do know that I saw this tulip in the Keukenhof Gardens here in Lisse, Netherlands. I used my own photograph as a reference for this colored pencil drawing. I don't often work from photos as I prefer working from life, but you know I can't afford evey tulip bulb on the planet. Plus, I don't exactly have my own tulip field out back ;o) I can only dream of enough space to plant all the tulips or bulb plants/flowers I see in the nurseries here ... so I draw them instead.

For this drawing I used:

~ Colored Pencils: Caran d'Ache Pablos, Prismacolors, Faber-Castell Polychromos and Lyra Rembrandt-Polycolors ( all regular colored pencils, not watercolor)
~ Solvent Used on some layers: Primascolor Blending Marker (not the blender pencil)
~ Paper: Stonehenge

Tulips really do make me smile. :o)
doei!
Judy
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3 comments:

Jenna said...

I adore tulips! I have been trying to convince my other that they are the only bulb she should have. =)

I was one time lucky enough to go to Keukenhof in 2001. So beautiful! I have very good dreams still of the beautiful gardens and all those lovely tulips!

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

I love them too Jenna.Each year I see another type of tulip I want to plant. They're just amazing flowers.

thnks for your comment. :o)

Meisie said...

STUNNING!

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