Vibrant Spring, and Tino, watercolour 3


Though Spring arrives officially in France in a week’s time, it already feels a lot like Spring. The skies have been clear blue with the sun shining brightly now for many days in a row. For most of my life, before I settled in France, I never really paid attention to nature, or the flowers or vegetables that grow in particular seasons. I decided to pay a lot of attention to all the green things growing around me this year. I discovered daffodils are Spring flowers, and they will grow only for a month. I notice them growing everywhere. The first shoots of Spring are definitely the daffodils, daisies and pansies. I can tell because I see them growing by the sidewalks, in the forests, in gardens etc.

When I was in school, I remember I had to study Wordworth’s poem ‘The Daffodils’. He seemed so happy to be in the midst of daffodils and I always wondered how it must feel to see so many yellow and I guess, pretty flowers all around you (In India, I doubt daffodils are Spring flowers, and I was brought up in India). Here’s the first paragraph of the poem to get you jogging your memory if you had to study this poem too :

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

I made my watercolour inspired by the daffodils growing in profusion around my house. When I saw Tino, a white and grey cat, one day playing amongst the flowers it gave me the idea to get the drawing started. I am happy to note that I can see a slight improvement in my watercolour techniques compared to my previous two.


Here’s Tino below, along with the daffodils and my pink watering can!




10 thoughts on “Vibrant Spring, and Tino, watercolour 3

  1. The dates for the seasons are based on the solstices and equinoxes.

    Lots of daffodils here too, they are so cheery. There are fields nearby where they grow wild.

  2. Hmmm…I can imagine why you did not pay attention to the seasonal changes while growing up…after all, India only has different varieties of summer! 🙂 I, for instance, have no idea, what spring feels like!! We don’t have one! But, spring or no spring, your cat does feel like a pet for all seasons! 😀
    PS: The cat portrait is remarkably similar to the original! 🙂

    • Haha! Thanks! The cats here are definitely the champions of all seasons BUT winter! Believe it or not, if the weather’s grey and cloudy, there are no signs of them anywhere! 😀 And Know-All, maybe you’re like me, not paying attention, but the last time I was in Cal, I was astonished to discover how certain flowers grow only a specific period of the year, for example, I thought shiuli grows all year round, but it doesn’t. Perhaps there are flowers that grow only in Spring but you and me aren’t sensitive enough to the seasons the way flowers can be I guess!

      • I agree…there must be flowers which bloom only in particular seasons, even here in Cal…but, I don’t ever take the trouble of noticing them! 🙂

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