Every spring, after the first flowers start to show, I remember the colourful tulip fields of Holland and decide that I’d love to visit Keukenhof – the famous park, that has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands for sixty years.
“More than seven million flowers form a glorious decor for the most beautiful photos” – oh, my! it seems this woud be a perfect trip! I’m sure I’d take thousands of photos. Well, hopefully next year…
Meanwhile, I am enjoying my own little Holland – a bunch of tulips, that have been grown in a tiny tiny garden (only 0.47% of Keukenhof’s 32ha). We might have planted not as many bulbs, but I’m well chuffed with the result – I love the colours and the shapes!
I’ll be honest – I’m even further from being a ‘Rembrandt’ than my garden to being a ‘Keukenhof’, yet this was such a pretty composition that I found a few hours for my long forgotten hobby – painting. Don’t be too harsh judging it, whenever I paint I decide that I’d better take photographs… so I guess this is just a form of relaxation, the outcome not always meets my expectations.
I always start with the background, which is the boring bit and can’t wait till I can move onto the subject. I want to finish everything in one go, as I’m scared that I might choose to paint something new rather than finish the previous artwork. The brush strokes might seem a bit hasty, yet it took me more than three hours… till I gave up.
Before you disappear, here are some facts and figures about Keukenhof – you might decide you’d also like to visit this park some day:
- It is the largest bulb flower park in the world
- It is the most photographed place in the world
- There are 15 kilometers of footpaths
- It is the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands
- The bulbs are supplied by 91 Royal Warrant Holders
- 7 million flower bulbs planted by hand
- More than 2,500 trees in 87 varieties
Until then, enjoy other ‘little Hollands’ – wherever you find some pretty colourful tulips.