Because I renewed our Milwaukee Art Museum membership at Art in Bloom, I received a complementary bouquet of flowers, which was a pleasant surprise. As you've probably guessed, I love to paint food and flowers, because to me, they represent the simple essence of home and life. You may have seen my black and white Mackenzie Childs platter in some of my other paintings, and perhaps you remember that I won it in a charity luncheon raffle. For this painting, I couldn't figure out how to incorporate the platter....... then, AHA, I remembered that napkins came with that wonderful "Black and White" raffle prize, and HA! one problem was solved.
Do you know that tulips grow after they have been cut? The tulips in this little arrangement grew 2-3 inches overnight, which really messed with me on the second day of painting. I loved the way the tulips danced on Day One, but they wouldn't have fit on the canvas had I started on Day Two.