Valentine Red

Detail from Tulip Garden Treasure on January 24, 2021 for Artist Journal Post
Detail from Tulip Garden Treasure by Karen LaFontaine

Tulip Garden Treasure

When I am in search of inspiration for a painting, I repeatedly discover that I do not have to travel far from home. I wander around in my garden with an adventurous spirit, focused eye and my camera at the ready.

During a recent Spring season, our Georgia rains were frequent and abundant. These wet days, combined with just the right number of sunny days encouraged mother nature to spur my flower garden into presenting me with numerous flowering tulips. I remember the dormant bulbs purchased years earlier at the flower market in the Fall. Each bag promised me tulips in shades of red, orange and yellow. I had planted my bulbs eagerly, and they had slumbered through a number of hot summers, and as many not so cold winters. I wondered if tulips were a possibility for this southern gardener…

Finally, they were here! The Tulips! The Tulips! There were more than a dozen of them, arranged in small clusters in my flower garden! They were red and orange and there were pink ones too! Like jewels they glittered from all angles in the sun. Like treasure chests, they closed at day’s end. What amazing treasure to find right outside one’s front door!

I brought my photographs inside to see them more clearly. The photographs excited me, most especially, one specific shot taken from a bird’s eye view. I set it on the easel and prepared the canvas! So fleeting was this unique moment in the sun! I had to capture it for all flower lovers – and especially my fellow tulip lovers.

I invite you to enjoy Tulip Garden Treasure, now available in my online art gallery just in time for Valentines Day – the perfect shade of Valentine Red!

I will always remember the Spring my tulips arrived!

Thank you for visiting with me in my Artist’s Journal, On The Easel. I love sharing the story of this one-of-a-kind canvas, Tulip Garden Treasure with you!

Tulip Garden Treasure Flower Painting by Karen LaFontaine
Tulip Garden Treasure Oil Painting by Karen LaFontaine

Article image is “detail” from Tulip Garden Treasure, oil on canvas 14×14 inches. Fine art print on canvas now available in two sizes.

Be well, Karen LaFontaine

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