Spring has arrived in NW Ohio

Spring has finally arrived to NW Ohio, the temperature was in the mid 60s this weekend and the flowers loved it! We did too.

garden toad 042218I found one of our hardworking garden toads hopping in the grass as I was mowing. I quickly scooped him up and moved him to a safe spot in one of your flowerbeds. Gotta save the toads!

img_2662.jpgThis also seemed like a good time to challenge myself with a little mower art. I am using a new notebook from Cognitive Surplus, great notebooks! I’ll do a more thorough review soon. I used my trusty Lamy fountain pen and Zebra brush pen for this one.

wood hyacinth 042118The wood hyacinths are blooming like crazy right now. Love these little flowers. I also used the Cognitive Surplus notebook for this one. The ink was my Lamy fountain pen with AD Markers for a bit of color.

I am having a blast with the loose watercolors right now. The garden is giving me plenty of inspiration, the wood hyacinths seemed like a nice subject. I wanted to use a heavily textured paper for that one. I have a stack of handmade watercolor paper made from recycled cotton that was calling my name. I can’t remember where I bought this paper, but it is really nice. The paper for the daisy is Strathmore’s pre-cut 5×7 inch 500 Series Cold Press watercolor paper.wood hyacinth 042218daisy 042318

I’m looking forward to a spring and summer filled with many floral and garden inspired paintings and sketches. This should be a great year for artistic exploration!

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by…Erik

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