Saturday, May 22, 2010

Paint With Me - Dandelions

As I was finishing up a dandelion drawing I started a few days earlier for "Paint With Me Thursday" (obviously I'm a bit late), I began to reflect on the structure and beauty of this flower (I know... weed) in a way that I hadn't before. Exactly how does this turned up, sunshiney flower transform in to an elegant, sphere of soft symmetry. The image that came to my mind was that of popcorn; but the dandelion's form is so perfect. I understand the functionality aspect of the change in terms of transmitting the seeds to the wind; but the miracle of the "how," the amazing complex design, and the splendor of each minute detail causes a quietness and awe in me.

See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Matthew 6:28-29

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.
Romans 1:20

You can find this week's "Paint With Me Thursday" artwork here at Simply Feather. Next week's inspiration is Fences.

Dandelion by Donald Macleod
Dandelion (fluff) by Alex Rouvin


  1. I love your drawings! Thank you for showing me the beauty of even dandelions! xo,

  2. the quote is lovely. what a visual! and i enjoyed how you drew the center of the flowers in to lion faces. very clever! i really enjoyed this seems you did, too. what we see every day but don't "See". it was nice to stop and really reflect on the dandelion's beauty.

  3. I really like that drawing! So cute, with the lion faces entwined. Your photos are fantastic, also.

  4. Steph, I especially love this one, because I have always loved dandelions. I told my family I would carry them in my wedding bouquet. (I know they are considered a weed, but they are so pretty and cheerful!) So... on the day I got married, my baby sister tucked a dandelion into my pink and white bouquet for me and off I went to say I Do.

  5. pretty pictures! i've always loved dandelions. :]

  6. Steph, I love it all ... the drawings, the photos, the words ... such an amazing plant this "weed" is ...

  7. I love the drawing!

    Thank you for not making me be the only person who likes instead of loathes these. :)

  8. Here is a hug for another that appreciates the joy of dandelions :-)


  9. just lovely: your drawing, quotes, and thoughts.

    i have always wondered why a dandelion is
    classified as a week. it's such a pretty shade
    of yellow, and the fuzzy seeds are so fun to

    if we let them have their way, they would cover
    our gardens.

    oh well.

    i have the same verse scheduled for tomorrow. :)

  10. Steph...I love the drawing...I am so into the 'teeth of the lion'...and I am a Voltaire fan...funny I just posted this quote on my FB page minds...Mrs C is fine...has been busy with niece's wedding stuff and school...Peace and blessings

  11. Beautiful scripture. I have always thought dandi lions were very sweet weeds....I mean flowers. :)


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