Saturday, February 11, 2012

More Springiness!

Since I can't seem to have even a little "Winter Wonderland" here (just gray), I'll keep going through last Spring's photos and painting set-ups, and keep dreaming! Every day brings Spring closer!

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This was such a fun still-life to set up and photograph!  All the different Spring flowers come so quickly, and the window of time that I have to get them arranged and set up for a future painting is short ~ sometimes I think I'm going to run out of ideas; then I discover a little family treasure...or maybe even a Goodwill find...that sets me off on a whole new direction...:)
This little duck planter was one that my Mom had from the 40s or 50s...it may have even come from my Grandmother's house...and at one time I would have thought it was way too "kitsch-y"
 to include in a painting.  The older I get, though, the more I find I love incorporating little things like this into my watercolors. Now I think it brings a sense of fun and whimsy to the painting (I always thought the little duck looked so surprised!)...Who wants "serious" stuff, anyway?
 Not me, anymore!

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I started the set-up with some pretty floral fabric (destined to be curtains for my kitchen at some later date), and added some of my have-to-have laciness...this time in the form of a little vintage tea-tray cloth. The Golden Delicious apples and juicy pear are in a little green Depression-Glass bowl that belonged to my Grandmother, and then of course there are the daffodils in a little crystal vase. And Duckie. (I had never heard the phrase "less is more" until it was way too late and my personality was already set!)

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The hybrid Daffodils and Narcissuses (Narcissi?) today are just amazing! The different colored cups (I love the peachy-apricot-coral-y ones) are so beautiful, and so different from the "old-fashioned" kind...though I still love seeing those...(my Grandmothers and Great Aunts called them "jonquils") ~ you know it's really Spring when you see them start to pop up in the most unlikely places, along roadsides and where long-gone farmhouses once stood...
More tomorrow! Have a wonderful Sunday!
♥ ♥ ♥
Anne

6 comments:

  1. Anne- your springtime vignettes are gorgeous-- the daffodils truly make me wish for spring! ( it was 16 degrees here this morning!!)

    Thank you for your visit and for supporting my blogging adventures-/ you mean the world to me--

    Vicki

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  2. This post is a breath of fresh spring air. Love your Daffodils.
    They are one flower I try and try to grow, alas the squirrels or mice seem to get them.
    Beautiful post Anne, and thanks for popping by and becoming a follower, I am now on your list of bloggy friends too.
    Keep smiling and creating

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  3. Hello Anne. I am so glad you decided to follow me so that I could find and follow you. What a delightful blog you have and the name of your blog sure got my attention as I am an animal lover too. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    xo,
    Danielle

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  4. Oh, and now you have me wishing for Spring too!!! Lovely groupings! And aren't daffodils the happiest little flowers? :)
    Have a happy one, Anne!
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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  5. What a lovely post...really makes me long for spring! Thanks for stopping by and following~ I am a new follower here, too...and on Pinterest!

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  6. Thank you, everyone! It is so sunny this afternoon, Spring can't be too far away!
    Hugs to all of you,
    Anne

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