Friday, April 17, 2015

Crazy for Daffodils!

Daffydowndilly has come up to town,
in a yellow petticoat and a green gown.
~  Traditional nursery rhyme

I taught a lesson on painting yellow daffodils the other day for my April "Sketching at Summerhill" party, and one of my sweet friends who came to paint brought me a gorgeous bouquet of daffodils from her garden. But these weren't the everyday kind of daffodils that I grow in my yard - hers were pink, white, yellow, orange and salmon-colored, many of them ruffled and curled like a frilly spring dress.

8-1/2" x 11", ink & watercolor in a Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook

We all oohed and aahed over them during the class, and several of my students did sketches of them. Then when everyone went home, I sat the pitcher of colorful blooms on my kitchen counter to enjoy for another day or two. But I kept thinking about how fleeting those blossoms were - they'd be wilting and shriveling up in such a short time.


So I did what any self-respecting artist would do - I sat down and began painting them!


What a great way to really savor nature's fleeting beauty!


The time I spent drawing and painting those gorgeous flowers was time I wasn't worrying or fretting or stressing over anything.


All I had to think about was how to mix that exact color of salmon-pink for the daffodil center, and whether to paint the shadows lavender, gold or green.


Such a simple thing - drawing a line, putting brush to paper, watching the color mingle and flow - but it changes me.


It calms my hyper, type-A personality and brings me peace. It's a way to meditate on beauty and make it a part of me. And it just plain makes me happy!


A house with daffodils in it is a house lit up,
whether or no the sun be shining outside.
~ A.A. Milne

7 comments:

  1. What beautiful daffodils, I've never seen then in pink & salmon before, frilly ones yes.
    I love the way you have chosen to set them out in your journal. It's a shame they don't last long once picked, But now you can open your journal and still see them. Good job you painted them straight away.

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  2. Love the beautiful paintings of the variously colored daffodils and the composition of your journal page. Thanks for sharing; looking forward to your San Clemente class.

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  3. Lovely to see that you are still pursuing your passion for art with your sketches. I love sunny daffodils too. Hope you are well.
    Patricia
    pve design

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  4. what pen are you using as an outline? These are beautiful! Somehow, with my first grand baby being born I missed out on daffodils! :)

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    1. I used a Platinum Carbon fountain pen with Platinum Carbon ink, available from Gouletpens.com. The Platinum Carbon pen can be ordered with an extra fine nib, which is what I have. It's the finest point I have on a fountain pen, and I love it for sketching.

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