Improbable and Preposterous Snowdrops

February 6, 2014

First snowdrops

First snowdrops

“Little bulbs that would be overlooked in the peak season have their day.  The snowdrops are improbable if not preposterous.”
— Beatrix Potter, from Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell

Beatrix Potter's rare painting of snowdrops

Beatrix Potter’s rare painting of snowdrops

It turns out that Beatrix Potter loved snowdrops and often mentioned them in her letters, but she seldom painted them.  I realize as I try to sketch and paint snowdrops that I don’t know how to paint white-colored things!

Pencil sketch oof snowdrops

Pencil sketch of snowdrops

Ink sketch of snowdrops

Ink sketch of snowdrops






6 Responses to “Improbable and Preposterous Snowdrops”

  1. Chris Says:

    Very good for not knowing how to paint white things! 🙂 Not sure if you’ve ever seen the author Edith Holden’s book, “Diary of an Edwardian Lady”
    I think you’d enjoy it!

  2. Chris Says:

    Oh good! I loved her illustrations!

  3. Alice Shoemaker Says:

    Snow drops and or white flowers, etc. are indeed a challenge!
    I’ll keep trying. Looks as though we will get some snow to help for practice.

  4. shoreacres Says:

    I’m not certain I’ve ever seen a snowdrop. In fact, I’m sure I haven’t. I just looked at the USDA maps and none of the varieties grow in places I’ve lived or traveled. I suspect the closest we have are the diminuitive rain lilies.

    Interesting that you say white things are hard to paint. A friend of mine, now gone, said she struggled for twenty years trying to paint glass – vases and such.

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