2/27/17 I gave this painting to Gearlene in memory of Daniel. I think it made her feel happy.:)
2/8/17...Well, I came to a stopping point. I've learned a lot and might do a new dandelion painting sometime...or maybe not :).
The story... at church, for some strange reason Mike, our friend Gearlene and I were talking about funeral flowers. He said he was going to use dandelions for me. I said, "Oh that's great, next to daffodils, dandelions are my favorite." Gearlene said "Me too!" and told me that her husband Daniel had given her a dandelion on their honeymoon and she has kept it forever. He passed away this past year. What a beautiful story.
Dandelions are amazing weeds, flowers or whatever you choose to see. I have always loved them, as have my children, grandchildren and most children I have been around. They are symbolic of purity, life, vitality, positivity, vibrancy, resurgence and survival. The french name means "the lions tooth" and depicts courage, pride, family and the sun. They have tremendous medicinal properties and the bitterness of the leaves has been linked to Christ's sacrifice on the cross.
Dandelions in their radiant yellow state and in their "wishing stick" phase bring joy and energy of youth into your life and the message of "Never Give Up". Hope the next time you see one of these little "weeds" in your yard it will make you smile.
Someone special needs a painting of dandelions. There is a great story I will share later. I love dandelions in their bright yellow beauty and in their " wishing stick" phase. I've researched the meaning and stories of these beautiful flowers, considered weeds. I'll share that later, too. Right now, I will continue working on this painting. As my friend Faye always said, "everything is equally hard to paint". You would think dandelions would be easy...as you can see...not:) First of all they are not white and the list goes on. When I get it finished, I'll share it...or you will see a panel covered in gesso to start over.
I believe in prayer and years ago I was taught the meaning of "legs on prayers". Many times there is also something we can DO to make a difference. Sometimes, like this, it is very, very small but many people doing a little can make something great. If we listen, God leads us in this, I truly believe. The November blog of Smoky Mountain Sunset is another example. We all have different talents and resources...so we each must do what we can :)