Artarazzi Challenge #21- Spring Flowers

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat'ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.
- William Blake

This week's visual prompt from Artarazzi is the painting Spring Flowers by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema . I've added some lilies I shot a few years ago & some corner brackets from a scan of an inkadinkadoo stamp package. Pop on over to the comments section (& Mr. Linky) at Artarazzi to add your own creation & enjoy the variety of submissions.

While I'm a big fan of William Blake, I stumbled upon this poem by A.E.Houseman that also feels apt. The Lent Lily is a name that I haven't heard in years. That's what my grandmother,who spent much of her time in the garden, used to call her daffodils.

'Tis spring; come out to ramble
The hilly brakes around,
For under thorn and bramble
About the hollow ground
The primroses are found.

And there's the windflower chilly
With all the winds at play,
And there's the Lenten lily
That has not long to stay
And dies on Easter day.

And since till girls go maying
You find the primrose still,
And find the windflower playing
With every wind at will,
But not the daffodil,

Bring baskets now, and sally
Upon the spring's array,
And bear from hill and valley
The daffodil away
That dies on Easter day.


  1. Interesting - in Swedish, daffodils are called Påsklilja - Easter lily!

  2. ...which makes me wonder where the word daffodil comes from. Will have to look it up.
    The connection with Easter seems fairly obvious, they're such early spring flowers...

  3. Stacey, gorgeous rich colors. Very nice piece! Good Luck on the challenge!

  4. this is gorgeous!! love the colors in this!!!

  5. I love how you've softened the colors, and I love the poem you've shared!

  6. Beautiful! I love the poem with it too. I'm still trying to figure out layers in Photoshop, so far everything I do is by accident! I love your collages!!

  7. Love William Blake! I'll have to dig out some to send you that used to fuel my studio stuff. Thanks for posting! Love your blog too!

  8. I love it when other participaters also add personal photo's to a challenge.
    This is realy awesome !!

  9. Stacey, this is an interesting approach. There is great depth and it gives me a sense of wanting to look deeper. Very orignal!

  10. fabulous work my friend. she looks so ethereal. I love what you did with her
    Hugs June xxx

  11. Thank you for visiting my blog! I love what you have done here with the image. Did you do this with Photoshop?

  12. Thanks for visiting - had so much fun rumiging around your blog - beautiful! And interesting!