First Flowers of the Year

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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! 🙂

Take Me To The Farmers Market

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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.

Dreaming of Spring

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Counting down the days til spring as I work out the larger details of this farmers market drawing, using my smaller sketch as a guide…if I close my eyes, I can almost feel the warmth of the sun on my bare toes as I walk among the stalls, choosing fresh produce, baked items & flowers to bring home…

I Must Have Flowers, Always & Always

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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.’

Hello April!

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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)

Spring is Here!

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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.