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Monday, June 04, 2007


Another Calla Lily and more to come. When I was a kid, white calla lilies grew like weeds in our front yard in CA. I remember one year my mom tried to dig them out. Thank heaven it didn't work. We also had rose bushes that were like 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide. No joke. Ahhhh California. There are a few things I miss: unnaturally large rose bushes, Mexican food, the ocean, the weather.

Back to calla lilies. Down the street from my childhood home there was a beautiful old mansion with a huge iron fence around it. The front yard was quite large and instead of grass they had calla lilies. A real playground for a little girl's imagination. We never saw anyone going in and out. I'm sure some Jane Austin novel was playing itself out there. Right?


Blogger The Wooden Spool said...

Ohhhh, Calla Lillies.........have a few myself..........just growing like weeds.....thats what they do fact, they are transplants from another friend's yard (he was trying to weed them out) this painting! Richness!!! By the way, what mansion was that with the fence and all? I am trying to remember what house it was? Next time I go up East Ave, I'll be sure to check it out~! Remember the house across the street from our old junior high? The one with the old lady who had dozens of cats and tons of Mexican pottery mixed in with all the cactus out front? She was a hoot!

9:11 AM  
Blogger earthchick said...

Simply gorgeous

9:46 AM  
Blogger Laura Gunn Studio said...

now you've stumped me, Laurie. Can't remember the cactuses and cats. Strange how memory picks and chooses.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Faith and Chad & the boys said...

Oooo ... sounds like the perfect backdrop for a Jane Austen novel. Just finished reading 'Jane Austen in Scarsdale' today and I HIGHLY recommend it. A modern day interpretation of Persuasion, so good.

Love the calla lillies, and all your beautiful creations!

1:26 PM  
Blogger atet said...

Either Jane Austin -- or more likely (if no one was going in and out) one of the Bronte sisters.

Love the calla lillies -- I love the lines on these flowers, they just scream elegance to me. Or maybe I've just watched too many '30s black and white films?

8:39 PM  
Blogger bug girl said...

Calla lillies are my favorite. There was a house around the corner from where we lived on E St. that had some. I loved pulling the yellow piece out of the center of them. I am sure the people of the house hated me. Beautiful painting. One day I will have money and I will acquire a painting or two. Be prepared!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Mary Ann/Ca said...

Oh! how loverly these are as Eliza said...

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Becca said...

oooh, not Austen, more likely the Brontes! I love the image of calla lillies as weeds...and I love your blog!

5:26 PM  
Blogger thewoodenspool said...

Laura.........I drove up the old road Saturday (you got me going down memory lane) and saw that house with the's so overgrown and needs some fresh owners to spruce it up! Saw your old home place as well...looks like someone with small kids is living there now...a stroller and bikes all stuffed on the front porch. Not as tidy as when the Bailey's were residing there. Take care,

1:13 PM  
Blogger Laura Gunn Studio said...

Hey "bug girl," I always took you for a lily killer.

Wow Laurie, can't believe you were just on East Ave. So weird to me that someone is in our old house. My parents owned it for like 35 years. "Not as tidy as the bailey's" is a sad statement. That street has really gone down hill. (No pun intended)

7:11 AM  
Anonymous jamie said...

Wow! Beautiful. You have so much talent.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Brazil and I loved your canvas. Is there any possibility to acquire here in Brazil? Thanks and congratulations.

5:43 AM  

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