Breathing

Sometimes you just have to get outside and breath the fresh air, take a walk in the woods, clear your head, ...especially after an extremely long winter like we've had this year.  It's still too cold to plant my garden, but things are starting to green up a little and it's encouraging to see the first wildflowers popping up.  Maybe take a sketchbook with you.  No, everything doesn't have to be a masterpiece or even a finished work, or ready for a competition, or even for anybody to see but you. I meet so many people that say they can't draw, who told them that?  Drawing is freeing, painting is calming, creating is good therapy, who couldn't use a little of those things? My sketchbooks very greatly between, simple watercolor landscapes, up close specimen details, value studies, random thoughts, doodles, scribbles.  The point is to get out there...get quiet...listen...see...no I mean really see!  Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

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Remember to bring something to draw on and a few little art supplies in your pack.  If things won't sit still for you, you can always take a picture and finish it later, no worries!

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Galavanting

Well spring has finally nearly arrived, after what has seemed like one of the longest winters ever!  Although we didn't get our normal deep blanketing of fluffy white stuff this year, the long, dark, grey, rainy days have made the sunshine such a wonderful, warm blessing.  The grass is greening, leaves are leafing, and the woods are blooming with beautiful windflowers.  So finally... out of the studio and into the forest for some much needed fresh air and inspiration!