of painting flowers

open sun drinkers Hyacinthus orientalis – last week it was shut tight and stretching its back. This week it is open, arms in the air with its back toward the ground.

upside-down cups of perfume





This flower you could break off and carry in your hair, and people would ask who you are wearing, what fragrance. I believe I’ve heard it called a bluebell, but I cannot find its real name. It is like a hyacinth, but I’m not sure it makes the cut. Any ideas?

Mama, age 24






I’ve carried this painting with me everywhere I’ve ever lived. I remember Mama painting, with a scarf tied in her hair.

Grandma Haines painted this when she was 15. Her hair was black. Her Mama taught her how.

on cardboard

Grandma, age 15, 1935





She did not imagine that her granddaughter in-law would one day keep it in her window seal and dream of hanging it in her own little girl’s room.


  1. What a wonderful talent is being passed down from the generations. They painted with a brush, you with a pen.

  2. I have a painted rock that sits in my kitchen. It was painted by my Great Uncle. Flowers posses simple beauty. Painted pictures from our ancestors provide such a special warmth. I am thankful for both.

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  3. I think the second flower is a grape hyacinth. Could be wrong about that, but I have them in my garden too, and they are a delight!

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  4. I am so blessed to have an artist mother as well. I cherish her paintings and hope she’ll return to her brush soon so that I can have more. Unfortunately, as life takes hold of us, we women/wives/mommies often put down our brushes/pens/clay for a season. Here’s to all of us who need to make the time to pick them back up!


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  5. It’s awesome that you have a painting from your grandmother.

    Beautiful flowers.


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  6. Keep dreaming. Maybe one day she and the painting will live in a room together, in your house.

  7. Beautiful.

  8. I have those in my backyard too – they are grape hyacinths. I love their sweet smell….

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