First painting completed in 2011 - "In Full Bloom"

We live in a suburban area.  Which in New Brunswick means we share our property and gardens with a population of white tail deer.  Although beautiful, they are known in our region as “garden rats”.  Almost nothing is sacred.  They eat almost everything! Especially tulips, lilies and hostas.  Apparently tulips and lilies are like candy to them. They wait until the bloom is about to burst open with color and munch them while we are sleeping.
Every now and then I am successful in foiling their snack.  We apply blood meal regularly, especially after each rain – apparently, the deer do not like the smell (I understand, I don’t like it either). 
This grouping of tulips were spared from the ravenous appetites of Bambi and friends.  I photographed them each day – quite a novelty to see open tulips in these parts. I could not wait to start the painting.  (Although I had to finish “Amethyst Lilacs” and the “Quince” paintings first.
So, “In Full Bloom” is my first completed painting in 2011.  Here is hoping for another colorful tulip display this coming spring.
Painted on a 12 x 16 sheet of Ampersand Aquabord with transparent watercolor, sealed with Krylon Acrylic Archival Varnish.

Ruby Red tuLips

This is yet another adventure working on Aquabord.  I am finding this surface is better when worked in a painterly style as opposed to realism and high detail.  It is a good process to go through as it does help to loosen me up as along as I have large pockets of time to work in.  I find when I grab a few minutes to paint – I work in a tighter manner. 
I love the colours of these flowers, not pink, not red and not orange, but really all shades in between.  Tulips when in full bloom make me happy.  I am not completely sure, but to me they represent free spirits. Out in the early spring, bowing in the wind – leaning into the sun. 
This stand grows in my front garden under an apple tree.  The most challenging thing about gardening with tulips is keeping the deer from eating them completely.  As soon as the stalks are out of the ground, I start applying blood meal.  It does help – I also think a spray of safers soap also keeps the deer from munching. I take a lot of photos as soon as the blooms start to open.  Cliché maybe – but I  really like to get shots of backlit tulips.