With an abundance of new information about painting the narcissus, I spent hours working on different leaf styles and flower formations. As I compiled my notes, all sorts of questions came to mind: which side was the “front” of a leaf? Is it the same as the “top” of a leaf? do you point the smiley face in the corona in a particular direction? are they like sunflowers and seek the sun?
I hunted for more examples of interesting compositions.
And I completed two compositions which I subsequently glued and turned into art cards.
I have yet to complete a composition in the more traditional manner with bulbs showing and in a natural or “wild” setting. This example from an old Lingnan style instructional book has some interesting curly leaves and the grouping is next to a rock.
These rocks are not just any rocks….they are reminiscent of the Tai Hu rocks featured in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver. Imported from Lake Tai near Suzhou in China, these weathered limestone rocks are thought to evoke supernatural powers and entice lucky spirits. I wonder if that works for painted ones as well.