By Jill Brooke
Spring will come, and flowers will bloom!
One of our favorite painters, David Hockney, unveiled a new painting in an effort to lift the world’s gloom amid the coronavirus.
The 82-year-old British legend created this painting, which features bright yellow daffodils against a green, blue and grey landscape, while in Normandy where he now lives. It is titled, “Do remember that they can’t cancel spring.”
That is your mantra today. We can remember the beautiful parts of life by looking at flowers—that bloom no matter what.
In fact, maybe today YOU can create your own painting inspired by the artist. Hockney’s 1972 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold at Christie’s for $90 million in 2018 becoming the most expensive work by a living artist (that sum was later surpassed by a work by Jeff Koons, who also loves flowers in his art).
In fact, we would like to feature paintings and drawings that YOU make as part of a Flower Power Daily project.
It’s called, “Looking at the World through Flowers.” Have your kids draw something too.
We all can think of the positives right now and that includes a lot of family time. So make this a family project. In fact, we will also offer a cash prize to the winner!
There will be three categories for our esteemed judges. A $100 prize for the First Place winner, $50 for the second place winner and $25 for the third place winner. We are looking for paintings or drawings that will be judged for being optimistic as well as original.
Please send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is April 29th.
Flowers teach us about resilience and how beauty always exists if you look for it. They remind us that even in the darkest times, flowers bloom.
This period facing the coronavirus will certainly inspire priorities and perspectives. Including an appreciation for family, nature and togetherness.
It is not surprising that Hockney chose daffodils as his subject. In the language of flowers, the daffodil is not only the trumpet of spring. It symbolizes hope, rebirth and new beginnings.
The daffodil is also a flower associated with health.
The American Cancer Society’s “Daffodil Day” fundraiser uses the flower because of its symbol of hope and new beginnings. Over 5000 daffodils also greet Boston Marathon runners along their routes following the tragic bombing in 2013. Their campaign is called “Path of the Daff.”
So everyone, summon your creativity and optimism.
We want to see your creations and will reward them with a cash prize.
As we say at flowerpowerdaily – PETAL ON.
Photo Credit: @lalouver, @claxtonprojects,Flowerpowerdaily, Pixabay
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.