Today is to -12º F as Spring is to Bright Tulips


When I awakened this morning the thermometer read -12º F. While I know that is a heat wave for some of you, I’m staying in the house and thinking S-P-R-I-N-G!

Last April I photographed this Willis Avenue (Perry, Iowa) tulip (above). It caught my eye because it is similar to tulips in Mother’s (Marion Gunderson) Bright Tulips 1968 watercolor shown below.


The Bright Tulips original is owned by Kim Webb Toth-Tevel of California. Kim, a granddaughter of the late Jane Webb (formerly of Rolfe, Iowa, and dear friend of Mother’s), was generous to ship her painting to me so prints of it could be made.

Bright Tulips prints in three sizes* are available by contacting me directly at or by ordering online. A limited supply of Bright Tulips is available at Wild Faces Gallery (712-848-3399) in Rolfe, and the Rolfe Public Library (712-848-3143). The profits go to the Rolfe Public Library where Mother worked for thirty-five years.

*The three sizes are as follows: 10″ H x 13.3″ W (Medium $25), 13.25″ H x 17.6″ W (Standard $35…when matted, fits in standard 20″ x 24″ frame) and 16.4″ H x 22″ W (Grand $50). Larger sizes may be special ordered by contacting me or the gallery.

(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)


2 Responses to “Today is to -12º F as Spring is to Bright Tulips”

  1. Kim Toth-Tevel Says:

    Hi Louise! It looks fantastic. I love the juxtaposition with the real tulip picture. Very striking. I just posted the link on my Facebook page. Love, Kim

  2. Louise Gunderson Shimon Says:

    Kim: I’m glad you like it. Also, prints of your watercolor have been good sellers. Not surprisingly, it has universal appeal. I’m so pleased (along with the people who get to enjoy the prints) that you were kind enough to let me have the prints made. I like what you put on FB. My mom so appreciated Jane. So much that Peggy’s middle name is Jane after your grandmother.

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