Inspiration comes in many shapes, experiences and mediums and stories. Jean’s painting, Tulips in Amsterdam, is an interesting combination of inspiring elements. Jean got ideas from tales of Amsterdam travels and photographs of heron-filled canals. Although tulips are everywhere in Amsterdam, they also grow in abundance in our garden in Umbria in the spring. So, bunches of multi-coloured tulips are always available to paint. This time, however, Jean was inspired to incorporate Dutch design into her painting. The blue and white table cloth was inspired by the art deco of Amsterdam, found in the architecture and porcelain-filled windows.