Monday, 16 June 2008

The Tragic Tale of The Tulip

I am submitting this painting for Inspire Me Thursday: Find Art In The Everyday. The whole idea for this painting came about after something which happened a while ago.

My mum had some lovely red tulips growing in the little bit of garden we have (basically a plant tub!). They were just flowering and looking really pretty. One weekend a few young girls came along and just pulled them all out, some by the roots and others breaking off at the stems. It was really pointless and annoying. When we went down the street later, they had just left them torn up and thrown in the road.

I was pretty upset about it and the flowers looked quite tragic just laying there in the road. So for some reason I decided to take this photograph of one, which turned into the painting in my sketchbook. So I suppose something good came out of the experience and I did find art inspiration in what happened.

5 comments:

carra said...

This is so beautiful! Pity about the flowers, though. How can anyone delibarately (sp?) destroy something so beautiful as flowers, I'll never understand.
Love,
Carra

guinness said...

I really like this tulip painting because it is simple and to the point. The colours and especially the shading are very realistic. I also like the background colours and they all compliment each other very well...one of your best I think .

pattie said...

It is a lovely painting..sad story..but lovely painting!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

I really like this one; wonderful that you recorded it's story here. I like how you took something lovely and added the element of violence to it as that is sadly a fact of life sometimes and maybe people can understand it better if it is a flower rather than a person,

She Who Flies said...

A beautiful painting!
The story behind it was sad of course. Still, your art gave those tulips another lease of life...