The fairy ring.

Daffodils, 9.5 x 8, 1993, oil on wood, H3, ID 1241

“Daffodils” 1993. Oil on wood.

Here is a painting of a bunch daffodils to celebrate the coming of Spring. Soon daffodils will be popping up all over. I live near the Bushkill river Pa. On a patch of ground near that river there appears a ring of Daffodils about thirty feet in diameter. Natural or planted I have no idea.

I told my Grand Kids it is a fairy ring and that if we had a picnic in the middle of it we may catch a fairy. Last year we took a picnic and some pixie dust, and set a trap. No luck. The kids keep asking to go again. I told them we certainly will and hope for better luck. It is so pleasant to sit in the middle of a ring of daffodils and so very magical. 

van Gogh was a master of catching flowers at their peek. Often in the Spring when flowers are coming up in a surge all over the place, I look and cannot help but think of the cycle of life and death. I don’t want those daffodils to die and fade away, but they do. It teaches one to enjoy the moment. The flowers may be gone but they leave a lasting impression. van Gogh like I have said was a master at catching that moment. Check out ‘ Irises” on It is as if they have just bloomed. The beauty of this painting ‘ Irises” is, is that it has fixed those Irises  in time. Not the real thing, but it’s more than that, it captures that moment of bliss when looking at the real thing that only lasts a short while as a tease.

One thought on “The fairy ring.”

  1. Love this and the story behind it! We have a fairly ring of flowers in our yard that we mow around to keep them safe. The girls (my step daughters) are older now and don’t believe—but we still mow around it.
    Kiirsten–friend of Susan and Marilyn
    Congrats on your recent show~~~~~

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