Antidote for Cabin Fever

I’ve got a bad case of cabin fever.

It’s been way too cold to even think of sketching or painting outside; temperatures have lingered in the teens for so long, I feel sure if I removed my heavy expedition-weight mittens for a minute, ice crystals would form!

But then my friend, Michelle Goldsmith of Pleading Quilty, gave me this gorgeous “Drawing Glove” she found on Etsy.  Incredibly, my spirits lifted as I put it on and imagined all the places we’d go.


Funky isn’t it?  No, it’s certainly not heavy enough to use right now but it’ll be perfect in spring when there’s still a cool breeze… and it’s in my favorite color too!drawingglove4


Ahhhhh… spring.

Tomorrow, March 1st, marks the beginning of Spring… meteorologically speaking. I know it’s still three weeks ’till astronomical spring but I feel better knowing we’ve left the three coldest months of the year behind.

And I’m just that much closer to sketching outside again!

Spring Makes Me Smile! Journal52 – week 3

Spring arrives today!

16:57 UTC… that’s 12:57 EDT for me!

The science geek in me loves knowing all about the Vernal Equinox but Spring to me is much more than angles, celestial equators and orbits.  Since it’s too early here for sprouting things in the garden, it’s the changes in the light and the sound of arriving songbirds.

140315 Journal52-w3Journal52 – Week 3 Prompt: You make me smile!

Earlier this month I picked up the Saturday’s Features section of the New Hampshire Union Leader intrigued by the bird coverage. In the March 8th issue there was the New Hampshire Audubon’s Rare Bird Alert, an article on Turkey vultures and a wonderful photo of three American robins in flight by David Lane of the Union Leader.

I have tried time and time again to sketch birds in flight with various degrees of success so I used Mr. Lane’s photo as a reference as I practiced bird flight anatomy. Is it great? No, but as I look at this spread I can almost hear them chirping as they devour my remaining crabapples!

I know there have been pockets of robins living here all winter but they’ll always be my harbingers of Spring!

Spring Ahead Tonight!

Earlier this week the film arts community celebrated 2013 with the Academy Awards… the Oscars. To say I’m not much of a movie person is an understatement.  This year I haven’t even seen ONE of the winners.  So why did I feel the need to make an Oscar page?  I have no idea… the only thing I was interested in was best song. (I have 3 of them on my iTunes playlist).

140302 Oscar

it was good practice for human proportions… and he stood still for me!

So began March.

March is a month of transitions. The days are getting lighter… more hours of sun and I can feel its strength as I sit here typing. Yes it’s still cold and snowy but those days are waning.  March is the first month of “meteorological” spring; the coldest days are behind us. True spring will arrive with the vernal equinox on the 20th.

In my mind this is the start of the year!

So remember to set your clocks ahead tonight as you go to bed and savor the extra hour of light we’ll have tomorrow evening.

More EDMs and a New Challenge

140227 edm17I’m still working on my EveryDay Matters Challenges.

140304 edm16There’s never an excuse for not having any inspiration for drawing; the EDM list is long and varied. So I figure… if one challenge is good why not another? I just found Journal52. One prompt and a little inspiration each week… check out the blog to see what has been suggested this far.

140303 j52-1I’m not much of a mixed media artist so I’m doing it my way. Am I behind? You bet but I’m undaunted; catching up is fun!





A touch of Spring

ISP!   … or in our family’s language:

It’s So Pretty!

Yes, It’s snowing again.  Now, don’t get me wrong… it IS pretty, but it’s been so white here for quite a while that I’m longing for some color… and Spring is still a month away.  I’d love a house filled with greenery and flowers but we live with an adorable but destructive cat. Nothing is safe.  Up ’till now this has forced me to give all gifts of plants and bouquets to my friends and neighbors.


But I’ve had an ah-ha moment!  It seems she disdains anything in the narcissus family.  I was able to grow paperwhites this winter and I’ve had a vase of daffodils in the window to which she’s only reacted with mild curiosity.  She’s a tricolor with an erratic temperament so I take nothing for granted… into my sketchbook they go!

140217 DaffodilsI’m grateful for a touch of Spring as the snow keeps falling.