South Africa has its high summer season in December, and the place to find bloggers and artists is mostly the kitchen as social life is at its peak and family members get together. Somewhere in the middle of hot-hot January, a guilty feeling about 'not painting' gears its head! Thus it is time to pick up where I left off!
I started the year with a soft oil painting of a typical West Coast winter rainfall flower, but mine is a "flower-gone-crazy"! Amaryllis Belladonna or March lilies are supposed to flower in February/ March. Mine chose November to appear and January to disappear. Underneath the ground those large bulbs are resting now until who-knows-when! They sure love the very dry summer and the harshest and driest part of the garden!
I picked some to put indoors and there the soft pink flowers darkened to a deeper shade. In my photo I caught some of the light shining through the fragile drying flowers, heart-breakingly lovely in their final moment! Read more about March lilies here as well as on Diana's blog Elephant's Eye.