Every time my lilacs bloom, I feel like throwing a party. I wait all year & they’re here for a couple weeks at most, but I’m pretty sure this is what heaven smells like.
I celebrated finally finishing my taxes by spending Sunday afternoon, bundled up against the drizzle, clearing dead leaves and stalks out of my flower garden and I couldn’t have been happier. Few things are more satisfying than uncovering new growth after a long and dreary winter. I’m looking forward to many more hours of getting dirt under my fingernails! 🙂
Winter & I are officially ‘on a break’. Every time I revisit this piece I’m transported directly to spring, sunshine and good vibes (even though I’m wearing 3 sweaters, trying not to rack up a huge heating bill-haha). This image is a scan that has had the brightness/contrast altered significantly to help me see all the details as I paint directly onto the original drawing, which was done in VERY light 4H pencil on white bristol board. I like the idea of leaving some visible sketch lines under the transparent layers of paint, yet having them be light enough that I can draw directly onto the art paper without having to worry about leaving unwanted marks behind if I need to erase some.
Can’t think of a better way to spend this sunny morning than by planning out my flower garden while I sip a cup of hot tea. My yard is my canvas – blank right now, but in my mind I see colors popping up everywhere. An artist’s paradise. When I’m at a plant sale, piling pots onto my cart, I feel a little bit like Monet…all I can think about is that ‘I must have flowers, always and always.’
So happy to open my door (and windows) wide to welcome in the month of new beginnings. It’s the start of flea market & garage sale season, green shoots poking up through the dead leaves in my flowerbeds are begging for my attention, and I can finally pack my boots away & start picking out nail polish colors. Also, it’s my birthday month. 😉 I have so much to be thankful for and look forward to & I hope you do too. Happy April everyone!
(Artwork is from my 2015 calendar)
Happy First Day of Spring! I tried out a brand new (to me) technique with this piece, using pastel pencils & a white paint pen on a piece of textured, green paper for a ‘chalkboard’ effect. I also drew it completely freehand, without any preliminary sketches. Very different from how I usually work, but I like the overall whimsical & slightly imperfect effect. Will definitely be doing more like this.