Tulips are so cheerful. (I know Meg Ryan says daisies are so cheerful in "You've Got Mail," but tulips are a close second.) The luscious oils make it easy to keep things bright, though I had to be careful not to overwork the strokes otherwise it could get muddy fast. Getting the color right on the shaded yellow of the petals was a bit tricky, but I'm pleased with the result.
The reference photo was taken on March 31. You really should try to make it to Duke Gardens in the early spring when the bulb flowers come up. It's lovely. I even enjoyed it as a child with my sister, Missy. See the photo on the sidebar.