Here are some yellow tulips sketched between May 15th and May 24th when they were composted.
I noticed I only sketched them one day when they were classically tulip-shaped.
And then I got back to them again towards the end of their life. I find tulips most interesting as they fade and drop their petals. Perhaps because they seem to have personalities: there’s the one that holds its upright stance even as it loses petals, and there’s the one that withers and droops and develops a gorgeous dried texture. There’s the mangled dog eared one and then… you get the idea.
And maybe it’s just that I like my flowers wild-looking. Like the sweet peas, sage flowers and coriander flowers that I collected form the backyard into a Armagnac bottle to add to this spread.
And here’s one last sketch of those flowers before they turn into compost.