What do you call it?

I love when I’m painting on the street and a passerby gives me a little tidbit of information about what I am painting. Especially since sometimes I’m not really sure what I am going to write for the day’s post. Today I was mostly thinking “What can I say about these weeds on the side of the road?” But the polite gentleman who stopped to have a gander over my shoulder did have a little knowledge about the white weeds. It wasn’t the name of them — that was what I wanted to know, although now that I have had a second look I think they may be Queen Anne’s lace — no, what he remembered about these plants was that when he was a child he used to snap off the flower heads and use the hollow stems as peashooters. And yes, I do know that the orange ones are daylilies.

Daylilies


24 Comments on “What do you call it?”

  1. Sue says:

    I love the pea shooter story…

  2. Adele says:

    Pretty sure they are Queen Ann’s Lace. Just love what you do with a little scene that I would pass by! Certainly enjoy your paintings and especially your Crafty class, just finished it for the first time.

  3. Pat Lawson says:

    I recently came across a similar plant in southern Ontario, thinking much the same, that it must be a member of the same family as Queen Anne’s Lace, but much bigger, growing as high as 8 a 10 feet. I was informed it was Giant Hogweed. It’s possible yours is the same. Highly toxic, considered a noxious for the skin burns it can cause if touched. Beautiful, brought to Canada from Asia as an ornamental.

  4. Dee says:

    Both painting and story make me smile and isn’t that the purpose of our art..to evoke emotion? Thanks for this!

  5. Monique says:

    I love people’s stories..like those..my driveway looks like your painting..the far end of it..

  6. I think those are Queen Anne’s lace, if only because I remember hearing the same story about what could be done with their stems!

  7. C’est suuuuuper joki Shari!

  8. This is beautiful!!! Love the patterns in it, and the story behind it!

  9. greekdancer9 says:

    How do I comment? I don’t have a website.

  10. greekdancer9 says:

    So pretty and sparkly. I don’t see many pencil marks at all. Where did you first put the paint?

  11. mysiteexists says:

    Ooooo I call it lovely ,brilliantly awesome!
    Muaaa!

  12. Ross says:

    Like the sketch but disappointed you corrected the talk-like-a-pirate typo.

    • Ouch. There were a lot of typos in this one. I should never write a post at the same time as I am getting ready to go out.

      • Ross says:

        But the best one was “… now that I have had a second look I think they be Queen Anne’s lace.” Definitely has to be read by a pirate. : )

  13. Louise says:

    What a beautiful combination growing there by chance, or did someone toss out the daylilies and they took hold. Or, is it the remains of an old garden displaced by the road and development, and still insisting on claiming its space? I particularly like the hint of a more urban presence in the background on the left while the flowers claim the spotlight.

    • I think it was a bit of both Louise. There’s a house next to empty lot and this bit of vegetation overlaps both so probably the daylilies are on the property of the house and the Queen Anne’s lace came over from the empty lot.

  14. patrick10am says:

    Just stumbled across your site. I really enjoy looking at your relaxed fresh style of painting. Great compositions. Bravo!


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