Friday, April 20, 2012

"Lily of the Valley" (oil on linen; 10" x 8")

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Reference photo

I love the lily of the valley.  The tiny nodding bells of this shade-loving plant have the enchanting fragrance that only those who take trouble to get down on their knees to smell them know.  Indeed, I had to practically lie on my stomach to take the above reference photo.  They grow under the yews, holly, and azaleas right outside of my front door.  It took ten long years to spread as far as you can see in the picture below and not all the stems have buds.  Alas, they seem to prefer a more open shade.

My treasure trove of the lily of the valley

I am doing a series of garden flowers in the natural setting this year, so I painted "Lily of the Valley" to show how this dainty plant grows in my garden.

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