Yellow Tulips

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.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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4 Responses to Yellow Tulips

  1. dana kay says:

    You never fail to impress me. I so enjoy the times I’ve painted with and learned from you.


  2. Erika Walker says:


    I love these drawings and I’m wondering what media you used?

    Was this a dip pan with India ink and watercolor? Or was it a fountain pen? If it was from a fountain pen, I assume the ink was not water-soluble but it did look as if you used watercolor paint so that combination was confusing to me.

    Thank you for sharing your work and I look forward to knowing more about how you produce these beautiful drawings.

    Best regards,



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    • the first set is india ink. i use a dip pen withthe ink. the next tulips with watercolor use Deatramentis document ink which dries waterproof. and the last set has on pen line just pencil and watersoluble pencil


  3. Nice paintings of Tulips, they really have a lot of character.

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