Thursday, March 22, 2007


Photo copyright Stacy Rowan 2007

Every year around this time my wonderful husband buys me daffodils. He knows yellow flowers are my favorite and the daffodils are available at his work from the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days fundraiser. Most years I take pictures of my lovely daffodils with the intention of using the pictures as reference for some future painting or drawing. As a result, I have numerous daffodil references in my computer files and photo reference box.

Now I ask you, how many paintings or drawings of daffodils do you think I have done?

Take your time.

Really think about it.

RIGHT!! Not a single one! Go figure.

I wish I had some witty explanation for this, but unfortunately I don't. I can tell you that dear hubby brought this year's daffodils home yesterday at lunch. And this morning they looked so sunny and cheerful I just had to take some photos of them. I'm quite pleased with the result - two or three of the photos definitely have the makings of a great piece of art. I just know that someday I will paint a fabulous daffodil!

If you don't want to wait for my results (after all, my track record suggests it could be a long time), you can jump over to Dave's blog and see his lovely loose daffodils.
(For those wondering, Dave's blog does not belong to my Dave. It belongs to a different Dave, who I met through Wet Canvas. My Dave's art experience is currently limited to games of Junior Pictionary.)


Anonymous said...

Stacy, Thanks for the plug! I'm sure your daffodil paintings will be far better!

BTW, producing good Pictionary art is not to be sniffed at! Me, I tend to panic! Plus there is the ever-present risk of taunts from my darling daughter, along the lines of "that's supposed to be a horse...I thought you were supposed to be able to draw!!" Kids!!

MrsSnowy said...

Guess who else has a great collection of Daffodil photos, Stacy! And not a single painting! I have a couple about to bloom, so I'm going to force myself to sit out in the garden and sketch them. I'll be back to see yours later in the week ;)

Regula Scheifele said...

That's such a beautiful reference Stacy! Dare I say 'you should really paint it'?

I just recently read about a painter who's had her breakthrough (businesswise) with paintings based on photos she took twenty years ago and totally forgot about. So collecting referenc photos is not a bad thing!

take care,

Stacy said...

Dave, currently our favorite game to play is Pictionary. We all laugh a lot! It is especially fun to look at pictures from past games and try to remember if the kids drew them or if Dad did. :D

Robyn, I am glad I am not alone in my near obsession with daffodil references. I'll keep an eye out for your sketch. It will probably be another month until our daffodils bloom.

Amira, you give me hope that someday I will put all of my references to good use!!

bluelilac said...

You can hit the button right on the nose about little things we probably all do. All those ideas collect and wait for the day when we might spend time on them.

I checked out Dave's blog. Very nice loose sketches. Inspiring.

And thanks for coming over to my blog to read about my dog walk yesterday. You are a sweetheart Stacy. You always say the nicest things.

Mary said...

Stacy, I'm sure we will soon see a lovely watercolor of those daffodils.

It is always a pleasure to read your blog.

Stacy said...

blue, this idea for using my new daffodil references is really growing. I may have to make time to start very soon!

Hi Mary! Good to see you! I'm actually thinking of doing the daffodils in colored pencil on an Ampersand Pastelboard support. I've tried yellows in watercolor and have found it pretty difficult to achieve the brightness I want.

Billie Crain said...

Stacy, if i can do a daffodil i know you can! lol i'll be watching for your's...soon i hope.

Stacy said...

Billie, is that a challenge?!? That might entice me. But I've seen your beautiful paintings and I don't believe that I would necessarily be successful if you were. If I do get up the nerve, I promise to share. And thanks for the vote of confidence!