An original watercolor on 100% rag paper of one of the first signs of Spring: daffodils. We want flowers to be eternally lovely. But flowers, like everything else on Earth, decline and pass into other forms of existence. For me, the problem with showing them as such was snow and cold, so I drew the daffodils for as long as I was able until my fingers stiffened. Then I took a couple of photos and finished the painting in my studio.
The image measures 11 ½ x 15 inches, and with an off-white 100% archival rag mat, the overall size is 17 ½ x 20 ½ inches. Matted, the painting will be shipped flat in a protective cardboard case. Without the mat, it will be shipped rolled securely in a shipping tube.
For me and for many other citizens of this earth, flowers offer a glimpse of grace, simplicity and peace in a world that wobbles out of balance. Every Spring, irises, daffodils and tulips push up out of the dirt and remind us of mortality, theirs and ours. Except for days of snow and cold, I like to sit in the dirt near them and draw as accurately as I’m able. The chop is a seal traditionally used in China and Japan as a signature. It is carved from stone; the red color comes from cinnabar paste. This one states my name in Mandarin. I sign my watercolors of flowers with it in homage to Hokusai, Hiroshige and other masters of floral painting.