Peonies are, in my opinion, one of the most joyous flowers. The flowers captured in my painting have just started opening. They will keep unfurling until the heads become so heavy that they will droop to the ground. Such abundance, such profusion, such lavishness!
This fits my current mood too, as I continue to recover from shingles and feel like myself again despite the throbbing pain that comes back at night. The weather in northern Virginia has been unseasonably mild. The potted geraniums out by my front door are still blooming. I am in a mild state of spring fever! In last December I was in the mood for painting autumnal and snow scenes. Not anymore. I want to paint spring flowers!