We've been doing our share of bird watching as spring slowly settles into mid-Michigan. I've been watching with the camera. My favorites have been the goldfinches.
The day these were taken we had a light, fluffy snow and I loved the contrast of the lilac buds and the snow with the brilliant yellow of Goldie's wings!
Lizzie? She just watches!
These transition days can run my emotions ragged. Things that don't go to plan seem all the bigger when they crash, worries greater, sadness more intense. As I post this on April 9, we have had two inches of wet, sticky snow in mid-Michigan and more is due. Yet by the end of next week it's supposed to be in the 60s. The weather is as uppity-downie as I am! So when the sun comes, it's like someone injected a dose of joy into my world. (This photo was taken two weeks ago at Southern Exposure.)
Since my painting pets class at the end of March I have been practicing. First I took on my dear cat-angel Gypsy, the namesake of this blog and who will have been up at the Heavyside Layer for four years this May. I started with this.
And here's a closer look. The one eye is still a little wonky but there's some improvement in the method and media.
Feeling a bit more confident, I decided to tackle Lizzie again.
I've also had a couple of visits to Southern Exposure that you can check out HERE and HERE. I didn't take cotton wreath class but inspired by what I saw in the shop, I bought the cotton (I call it cotton on a stick!) and converted it into a simple wreath. I think I'll get some mileage out of this one!
I leave you with a recent page from the art journal, a reminder that soon enough it will be time to sail boats in a pond or on a lake.
Celebrate the simple beauty of today and cherish what we have now. Then smile and anticipate what is to come!
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