Tulip Town

It’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival time!

Feather and I drove up to Mt. Vernon, 2 hours away, to meet up with the Anacortes Sketchers in the tulip fields.  I’d never been to this particular farm, Tulip Town.

The flowers were ablaze with color.  The sky was bright blue and the sun was out.  Mt. Baker was visible in the distance.  It was glorious.  I first hiked far out into the fields where I had a view of tulips and the mountain.

Then I decided to sketch the windmill.

About the windmill (from the website):  “Tulip Towns’ owner, Tom De Goede, had the good fortune to visit his family in Holland in May 2003. There he viewed his villages’ windmill, which was designed to pump water from one canal to the next. It was an impressive site. This beautiful scene inspired Tom to build a replica of the windmill at Tulip Town. Luckily, Toms’ sister Nel was able to help by directing him to the blueprint of the original windmill. Michael Kerley was master builder”

I’m not happy with the sketch and wished I’d made one another view of the beautiful fields, such as the one at the top of this post.  The windmill will be there anytime I choose to go. The tulips will not.  Lesson learned.

More photos:  https://redharp.smugmug.com/MKB/2017-0411-Tulip-Town/

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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4 Responses to Tulip Town

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Wow, fantastic! And you caught the fields on the only dry day in the foreseeable future!

    – Tina

  2. Kay Tyllia says:

    Terrific sketch with Baker background.
    And, I think some of your photos are engaging compositions as well.
    A great day to select for your adventure.

  3. joantav says:

    Love the mountain with the tulips in the foreground. That is lovely! Nice job on the windmill too. We have some flower fields here on Long Island but they won’t be in bloom here for a while yet. I’m jealous!

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