Spring is Sneaking Up

I apologize for not posting for awhile, but I was preparing for an art show on March 3, then I was recovering from that show.  It went very well.  I got lots of good feedback, sold some pieces, and saw friends I hadn’t seen in a long time.  I had a friend take pictures, but I have yet to go through them all.  As soon as I do, I’ll post them.

One of the things I missed while working on the show was my visual journal.  I was so focused on finishing paintings that I wasn’t paying as much attention to nature as I like.  It was cold-ish anyway, so not the best weather for wandering around and appreciating the neighborhood.  And then the Oriental Magnolia across the street bloomed — flowers covered the entire tree overnight it seems.  I love sitting under it and watching the petals fall.

oriental magnolia
Gouache and ink on paper

It’s easy to get so caught up in life that we don’t see what is blooming around us.  I’ve let deadlines and worries about my health cloud my vision.  Luckily, Spring lights up the world and makes the growth around us impossible to miss.  Sketching and painting is a way to hold on to that, to plant it, really in our hearts and minds.

I plan to work on more illustrated stories in the coming months — vignettes from my life and my imagination.  Thanks for following along.

I hope you see something blooming today and it makes your heart happy.

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