I love William Wordsworth poetry and I’ve been reading “The Daffodils” for years so when I decided to make some poetry inspired art, I knew right where to start! I pulled out my trusty, vintage “One Hundred and One Famous Poems” and sat down with Wordsworth for an evening to get some inspiration.
And I got plenty. I had so many ideas, from collaging a canvas and painting the poem on top or doing a reverse and only showing the collage through the words. But time got the best of me and I did everything digitally instead. Oh how I wish I could spend hours outside painting this instead!
First I found an image that was copyright free and downloaded it. Then made all kinds of adjustments until it looked the way I wanted. Then I wrote the poem and erased the words out of a solid layer and then messed around some more until it looked the way I wanted again.
That original is so beautiful and I chose it for the proximity to the sea and that they look like wild daffodils all growing however they want.
I originally ended up with this:
But it wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I tried this:
Which I love, but wanted to see if I could get one that didn’t lose that cheery yellow so indicative that Spring is here. And that’s when I ended up with the original image at the top of the post. Not sure which is my favorite and I’m already thinking about going and finding (or creating) the font that I had envisioned.
If any of that happens I may just have it printed onto canvas and find a spot for it in my home! It might be nice to visit Wordsworth daily as I pass by.