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Sign of Growth

January 7, 2012

We went out for a Nature Walk in the warm sun. A warm January day can not be wasted.
So with our work all done.. and everything else can wait.
We went out.
We weren’t the only things confused about the seasons…

“little baby daffodils”…
hardly babies as they were planted nearly two decades ago…

One little bulb was found kicked about.

Mer was quick to pop it in her pocket.

She was giddy to start her own , “whole big garden of daffodils,” she said with a cute lisp.  She recently lost both front teeth.

Door kicked wide open.  A little too open… as while I painted a red hen walked into my kitchen like she was thinking about moving in.

With my kitchen chicken free I began to paint.  Just to mess around  , really.

A quick picture for the Nature Table…(a place my 7 kids can bring in the treasures they find outside…for more explanation see here…. Grape Harvest). I wanted the bulbs to look a bit gnomish… a bit like they are crouched down  maybe sleeping or waiting.

I am thinking about writing a small story for the littler kids about the daffodil babies waiting for warmth…don’t know where it will go but for now I have the painting . It could be a fun series!   I will tuck it away for now… perhaps bringing it out late February?  Maybe I will paint a few more …meh? Maybe have my sister come up with some eurythmy earthy flower growing dance moves to go along with the story… don’t know.


I painted the daffodil bulb…so full of promise.

It knows best to  grow like you have already won.  Don’t creep up in fear… but burst forth as if you own it.

Any gardener can tell you …those tenacious  bulbs, some of the very first to turn into  waving flowers while all other plants are still waiting,

bring the Gardener Joy.  

I just had to capture that to hold me through the next two cold months… just in case these warm winter days don’t hold up.

Linking up with StudioJRU and Paint Party Friday.

*More on Joy and what you really need to know about Joy:

Ramping up for the Big Reveal

You Never Knew How Much

Bringing Joy to Others.

*All of these , because of all of this:

You are Loved.

What Grace Looks Like.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2012 8:52 am

    This January has been strange, hasn’t it? Love the story of your walk and the paintings it inspired.

  2. January 7, 2012 9:30 am

    Lovely to start thinking of Spring through your painting.

    • January 7, 2012 1:09 pm

      Such a crazy concept..trying not to let myself get ahead of myself.
      My seed catalogs are still hidden away till feburary.

  3. January 7, 2012 11:19 am

    This has got to be one of the most lovely posts ever!!!
    It is full to the brim with beauty, spontaneity… and I love your paintings!
    What a joy it is to have a window into your precious home and family… your full heart…

    God is supremely awesome to bring us so much life out of death! I can’t wait for the miracle bound up in that little bulb when it is ready to ‘Spring’ forth!

    Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one’s death.
    ~Rollo May

    your paintings show all that passion wrapped up in a little bulb…God makes all things beautiful in His time 🙂

    • January 7, 2012 12:59 pm

      Oh my gosh.. I could repaint it again just based on your last line…
      I really think I am enjoying painting bulbs.
      something about the mystery of them…they are ugly and strong.
      I dunno…
      Thank you for your encouragement. You words are like food to me somedays.

  4. January 7, 2012 11:51 am

    Very beautiful post! Love the paintings and the writings. Faye

  5. January 7, 2012 3:50 pm

    Inspiration arrives for all paths right?. I like his painting of the bulb. Saludos

  6. January 7, 2012 8:48 pm

    How I enjoy visiting your blog! It is always uplifting! I love your paintings of the daffodil bulbs and being a gardener myself, I can totally relate to bursting forth with life! Love it!!

    Oh and BTW, I loved the passage and word you drew for me last week for the New Year! You have no idea how fitting they both were!! Thank you!

    • January 8, 2012 9:22 am

      Isn’t that great?! Every year we hear different responses from people when they pull their word… But regardless if they hate the word or love it or think it is a boring word… By the end of the year when we look over what everyone got the previous year…everyone is like…”ohhhh wow…now it makes sense.”
      So. I am glad you get the importance right off the bat. I am sure it will make it even more applicable.

  7. January 7, 2012 9:28 pm

    Oh I love your bulb painting! Love your watercolors so much. It is beautiful. All of it’s promise in waiting. I love the first signs of things peeking out. But already in Jan… crazy! lol We have been having record breaking warm days around here too. I should take a look and see if anything outside is thinking it is time to grow! 🙂

    • January 8, 2012 9:25 am

      That is so nice of youth say… Is it weird that I love LOVE painting bulbs? It started with the onion…then the carrot and beet… Now the daffodil.. Just something about it…love it.

  8. January 7, 2012 11:11 pm

    What a great post, photos and paintings!
    I love these warm January days, too! 🙂

    Happy New Year and
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

    • January 8, 2012 9:26 am

      Yep seems the whole country isnhaving a mild winter so far… My bets that we will get hit in march…which is okay by me.

  9. January 8, 2012 11:42 am

    Wow what a wonderful post!!! I love the art and the photos are precious! Can’t wait to hear the story, what a cool idea! Deb

  10. January 8, 2012 4:17 pm

    Such a beautiful big sun in that painting! I just love how your pieces look so … painted with abandon!


    • January 8, 2012 8:06 pm

      lol..abandon?!! Oh you mean how they look like I have captured twenty seconds in this house and thrown paint about… then yes..abandon for sure! lol
      big Smile!!

  11. January 8, 2012 7:50 pm

    Great post and the Daffodil Painting is so sweet.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2012!
    Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

  12. January 9, 2012 10:32 pm

    You are doing a lovely job inspired by those daffodil blooms! I hope they bring many flowers.

  13. January 10, 2012 9:18 pm

    Great post and lovely art.

  14. January 14, 2012 2:23 pm

    I love they way you have played with sunlight and shadow in the photo with a glass of water.

    • January 14, 2012 2:26 pm

      a happy accident which I played around with.
      Thanks for taking the time to say so:)

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