Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Surprises

This morning, we woke up to a blanket of snow.  Actually some of our family members saw it in the middle of the night, as my husband took Chloé to the hospital yesterday evening to see if her finger was broken. She injured it in gym class while playing basketball.  They didn't get back home until 2:00 a.m.!   The good news is that her finger is not broken, just bruised.  They both said they were a little surprised to emerge from the hospital and see snow!

I think my flowers were a little surprised to wake up with a snowy cover too. The dwarf irises above seem to be snuggling for warmth. All of the flowers in bloom right now are quite tiny and close to the ground. The larger, taller spring flowers will follow.

Part of me wanted to run out and put little sweaters and scarves on them all, but I know that they will be fine. Spring flowers are very hardy and are used to changeable temperatures.  Good thing!

Although I was definitely disappointed to see the return of the snow, I have to admit that it is a pretty backdrop for spring flowers.  I can see some potential paintings in these photos.  Yesterday I brought a couple of the dwarf irises indoors to use as models.  These guys are definitely tiny. I used a small liqueur glass for a vase.

Work in progress - "Dwarf Iris" on 140 lb. Saunders Waterford paper
I have been feeling physically under the weather the past few days, so sitting and painting will be the perfect activity and now I have plenty of inspiration.

8 comments:

  1. oh phew, thank goodness it's not broken (what a worry)
    (wow, 2am ... my, that's late)
    and er, snow ... sure a surprise !
    dwarf irises grow wild over here, and no one have them in garden (the irony) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/cozymemories/4359886519/
    I'm very sorry to read you've been feeling under the weather
    I hope you will make sure to make time for yourself
    and treat you nicely. I hope you will.
    Sending you big hugs xoxo

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    1. Emma broke her finger a few years ago and we learned that you really can't tell if it's broken by looking at it. Chloé needed the x-ray but the wait to see the doctor was verrrrrrrry long! I stayed home as I needed rest but Chloé is a character. She emailed me at 11:00 p.m. from her Dad's phone asking me to send her cyber water and cyber sleep! :) I let her sleep in (the real kind) this morning and drove her to school late. Thanks for the good wishes and hugs Sonia. Thanks as well for the link to your pretty photos. xx

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  2. Glad it wasn't broken but I bet it hurts. :-( Hope it will get better !

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    1. Yup, it does. A basketball hit her full force against the tip of her finger so it really jarred it. Apparently it's a bruise, not a break so she is lucky. Her finger was swollen last night. Just knowing it wasn't broken helped her to feel a little better. BTW Happy 2nd Blogaversary!

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  3. Those Iris are such a beautiful colour, the purple goes so deep it looks black? Sorry to hear about the late night escapade,a basketball is a very heavy thing coming at you like that, it will be throbbing no doubt! Sorry to hear you're not so chipper, be good to yourself and take care! :)

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    1. You are so right about that colour, Julie. It is a very dark purply black with a bit of a red undertone. I don't have that in my painting yet. Well, actually I did and I lifted part of it as I didn't have it quite right. :) I intend to go back and work at it a bit more. The snow is actually helping the irises show off in the garden. Thanks for the good wishes. I'm sure Chloé and I will be feeling better in a few days.

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  4. i actually want to shove the snow away...

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    1. Trust me, Canadians feel that way this time of year. :)

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