This is the poster for The 2011 Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point. (available in the garden gift shop)
I painted it last year in the children's garden.
I brought it back into my studio recently and made a couple of changes. I added the rainbow.
I think I'm calling it "Symbols of Promise" or " Symbols of Hope"
For the past several I have spent my spring days in the gardens at Thanksgiving Point enveloped in the beauty of the tulip festival painting and talking with the others who have also come to enjoy the beauty. Thousands upon thousands are drawn to the gardens to see the tulips.
Just as the rainbow is a symbol of promise, a symbol of hope, so are the tulips. People come because the hope and happiness that the tulips symbolize. The tulips awaken and bloom and beckon the rest of nature to dawn her colors. They symbolize hope and rebirth, an end of cold and beginning of warmth, an invitation to grow.