Narcissus 'Thalia' opened today in the backyard - sometime between two and five.

I know this because I was out in the yard this afternoon, puttering around with weeding and pruning and the beginnings of spring clean-up. I remember noticing the buds. When I sat down to draw, one of them had opened. Thalia is a delicate daffodil, with multiple blossoms opening on one stem.

I now see what people have been saying about watercolor beading up on the moleskine sketchbook pages. Usually I work with watercolor crayon, and that goes on smoothly, either with a wet brush touched to a crayon tip or with wet brush over applied dry crayon. Today I had left my crayons inside and had a set of gouache with me instead. Very hard to get the color to go down smoothly. Finally decided to just treat it as an effect and work with it.



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