Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Apple and Apple Blossom Flower Meaning

Apple blossoms are the state flower of Arkansas, once a top apple producing state.

Apples are symbols of love, youth, beauty and happiness. Apples have an interesting history in mythology and legends. The temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Johnny Appleseed traveling the country handing out apple tree seedlings and planting trees. He dreamed of a landscape filled with apple trees and the beauty of apple blossoms where no one would go hungry. In Avalon where Celtic heros are buried, including King Arthur, is referred to as "Apple Island".

Monday, April 19, 2010

Nevada Beach Lake Tahoe

Took a drive to visit Lake Tahoe over the weekend and find our way to Kirkwood. Great weather but still snow on most of the beaches. We found one that was a bit soggy but still okay. The sun was shining bright and all was just right. The Tahoe Queen was on her first route of the day. Lots of people out with kids and dogs and kayaks.

Seemed to be lots of people milling about Nevada Beach. Our first visit to this one. We usually go to Pope, Tallac or Baldwin on the other side. This one was free of snow and the view of the mountains was beautiful. Lots of photo-takers - mostly of the mountains and lake- but a couple people took photos mostly of themselves with cell phone cameras, guess they liked that view better...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Anemone Flower Meaning

The Anemone flower means anticipation, expectation. The name "Anemone" comes from the greek word for "windflower". The mythological connection for this flower is Aphrodite. It is said that the anemone flower sprang from Aphrodite's tears as she mourned the death of Adonis. The anemone is thought to bring luck and protect against evil. It is also said to be associated with the fairy world. The anemone flower closes at sunset and it is believed that the fairies sleep under the petals after they close.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lake Lahontan Nevada Illustrations

Easter sunday started out very nice at the lake, but later on began to get blustery. Lots of dark colors in the sky and water throwing dark shadows on the mountains. The birds really pop out in the dim colors.

I tried a different perspective of the beach since there were lots of interesting rock patterns and just one little sagebrush bush growing at the edge.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lake Tahoe Note Cards

Lake Tahoe is very fun to paint for the variety of natural things it has. The clear blue water and the tree covered mountains that sometimes still have snow in early summer. The colorful beach umbrellas perched in the sand.

Many sailboats gracefully glide through the water.

Friday, April 2, 2010

April's Sweetpeas, Watercolor Roses and Poetry

Happy Birthday to all those born in April! The flowers for April babies are daisy and sweet pea. Some related meanings are innocence, youth, purity, goodbye, blissful pleasure and departure. My husband's birthday is in April.

Roses and poetry go nicely together. This watercolor collage print has a poem about having roses in the garden as well as in the heart. I thought it was nice for mothers too because I think of them as having beautiful roses in their hearts and I added a few silhouettes of children to symbolize a mother's love.

In this print I was indulging my love for pink, especially pink flowers. Hope your weekend is filled with lots of fresh air and sunshine.