I always buy tulips in the spring. This year I got some that were variegated, sort of a mauve and white. When they started to curl and die, I was attacted to the shapes, colors, and the veins in the papery thin petals. I thought it would be interesting to draw them, maybe put together some nice color combinations. So I bought about every color of tulip available just to see how they looked when they dried. For a while there it was "tulip overload" at our house and I'm a little ashamed to say I couldn't wait till they were dead.
The variegated variety were the most interesting. Tulip Petal Study #1, in colored pencil, is of a stunning red and yellow parrot tulip that dried beautifully.