I am currently designing some greetings cards as part of my Ucare tulip project as I will be a resident artist in the Ucare tent at Art in Action in mid-July. Ucare is a cancer research charity and the U resembles a tulip, hence the theme!
I love the way tulips droop, then lift their heads and the stems undulate. Tulipa Caresse opens into an elegant bowl shape when it is in a vase. Here I have kept the colour scheme really pale with only mauves, olives and pinks. I wasn’t sure about adding the other plants to the ‘arrangement’ – it could have gone either way, but I was enjoying the patterns of the white maidenhair ferns and the patterns on the vase. So I felt that I needed to fill the other gaps with some bolder foliage.
The design came from a watercolour I did last year of red tulips, but this time it is stylised. Here is a photo of Tulipa Caresse – my husband held the vase high against the flowering tree (cherry?) and I snapped it.
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