Lower Slade Brook Falls Hanover, New Hampshire
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!
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 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.
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!
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).
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.
There’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.
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!