After cleaning up the epic peanut butter mess my son left me this morning, I decided to find my happy again by spending some time in the garden. We live in a fairly northern climate so, we are only now starting to enjoy the explosions of spring leaves and blossoms. (swipe to the right to see some of these beauties!) While cleaning out my flowerbeds, I was surrounded by buzzing bees, chirping sparrows (and squawking magpies, let’s be honest, this is Edmonton!) and the sweet scent of apple and pear blossoms.
By the time I got back into my studio, I knew exactly what I wanted to paint. I had to capture that spring energy and paint my excitable sparrow neighbours surrounded by blossoms.
Before tackling the actual painting, I needed to work out what kind of background textures I wanted and practice painting some blossoms. I’m always so eager to jump into a painting but, I’ve learned that proper prep and planning makes a far better piece of art.
It’s like the annoying surface prep you know you have to do before painting a wall. This is much more fun than patching and sanding though, plus, these tester strips are going to make for some gorgeous book marks!
What is inspiring you outdoors this spring? ~~ - 3 minutes ago