An Artist's Quest

Stop and Smell the Daffodils

Daffodil, Northern California's harbinger of Spring

Daffodil, Northern California’s harbinger of Spring

Spring has officially sprung, Happy Vernal Equinox to you all (a few days late).  While the daffodils have been blooming here in Northern California for a month or so it doesn’t really feel like spring until the time change gives us a longer evening, time to poke around the yard or the neighborhood.  Spring is full of hope and expectation, pondering what to plant in the garden or anticipating the opening of your local farmers market.  We start thinking about asparagus and snow peas –  enough of the butternut squash!  The length of the day the lightness of the air all combines to lift the spirit in this wondrous cycle of seasons, thank goodness for the this earthly change of attitude to remind us once again that the darkness leads to light, the frost struck morning turns to balmy spring evening, all praise the orbit of the earth around the sun, Spring is here!

The Lovely Calla Lily

The Lovely Calla Lily

These three pieces were drawn on my iPad three odes to Spring, Cala Lily, Daffodil and a white daffodil sized flower that I would like to know the name of…anybody?

White Frilly Daffodil, the inside cup is like a petticoat, anybody know the name?

White Frilly Daffodil, the inside cup is like a petticoat, anybody know the name?

9 responses

  1. flowers always bring smiles to everyone that see them.

    March 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

  2. Valerie Komkov Hill

    I believe the white ones are Narcissus.

    March 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

  3. Hi Lisa, I live close to a company called Wooden Shoe Bulb Co., I’m sure they would have something similar in the catalogue. I really like the white ones!

    My real reason for writing is to thank you for inspiring me to try, and fall in love with, printmaking. I read one of your articles in ClothPaperScissors and had to try Reduction Printing (which I later learned are commonly referred to as sucide blocks and now I know why LOL). I recently posted on my blog your stencil/stamp method of printing. I’ve been having some serious fun with that technique.
    I love carving the plates/stamps and your articles have encouraged me to expand my skills and try new things….so thanks, again.

    You may have mentioned before and I missed it but what apps are you drawing on your iPad? I’ve been having fun with “Paper 53”.

    March 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

    • I’ve used the Paper 53 but prefer Brushes 3 and Artrage

      March 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    • Wow, I’m honored it’s great to hear that I had some small part in you getting your creative groove on! keep it up!

      March 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

  4. Carol Jones

    Hi Lisa:

    These paintings from your iPad are incredible and make me even more excited about your A&S class in October.

    The only flower names I can come up with are…double daffodill or narcissus but it could be an heirloom variety.

    I am enjoying your Mandala Challenge very much.

    Thx – Carol

    Sent from my iPad

    March 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

    • Thanks I look forward to it too, spread the word so I have enough sign ups

      March 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  5. molmsteado

    Do you think those are jonquils? They are like a white daffodil but I’m not too sure about the frilly cup. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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    March 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

  6. Jane

    Daffodils are my favorite flower. I
    love their bright sunny uncomplicated faces. As they generally only bloom in Lent, they are pretty much the only exception I make to the tradition of no flowers in the house in Lent. In England, thanks to the colder weather, they bloom like weeds in fields and gardens everywhere.
    In answer to your question ‘daffodil’ is the common name for all members of the narcissus family. While we think of the bright yellow ones as daffodils and paler varieties as narcissus, either name applies to all the now many varieties, from white through deep oranges, multi-colored and double and frilled forms. I love them all but I think the simple bright yellow form is hard to beat.

    March 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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