Daffodils and robins

The weather is slowly warming up in the garden. Today and tomorrow are pushing 60°F and 70ºF. We did have a thick mat of snow for Sunday, but once the sun came out that quickly disappeared.

Garden journal 021718As I walked around the yard on Saturday, everywhere I looked I could see daffodils pushing up through the garden debris. We grow a lot of daffodils. Once they start to show color in their buds I cut them by the handful to bring inside. I will leave a few flowers from each clump to enjoy in the yard, but having fresh cut flowers inside is so nice.

Garden journal 021818I had a chance Sunday to fire up the grill, 45°F is grilling weather for me. While I was out there I could hear several robins in the neighborhood trees. Every week more and more birds are arriving. I still haven’t seen the wrens that take up residence in our yard in the summer, but I think it’s still a bit too cold for them.

Garden journal 021918The maple trees are also starting to flower. Another welcome sight of spring. The branches are becoming covered in clusters of red buds. Even from a distance you can see the trees getting a red hue to them.

I’ve always enjoyed nature and watching it change season to season. But since I’ve started on this daily visual garden journal I am seeing so much more. I find myself looking up at the trees and down at the dirt all the time. Listening to the sounds, smelling the air. Really focusing on the physical world around me. With this world becoming more and more attached to devices, I really hope that by me sharing these images and thoughts someone will stop, even for a minute, and just look at the world outside. There is so much more than what we hold in our hands. Please enjoy it.

That’s all the rambles for today – thank you – Erik

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Daily sketching and looking for spring

We’ve had some unseasonably warm weather this week in NW Ohio. Last weekend the temperature climbed into the mid 60s, which led to several long walks. This week has also been warm. The forecast calls for more cold and maybe a bit of snow this weekend, but we know spring is coming. Our daffodils are pushing through the dirt and standing tall, the crocus are showing some green, and the snowdrops are blooming everywhere.

 

I took some time this week to make a sketch of our empty garden containers sitting on our deck. It’s been a while since I actually enjoyed a little urban sketching. I decided to switch to my Leuchtturm1917 journal for this one. I went straight with the pen, no pencil layout, just pen. There is something exciting about going into a drawing with a pen, you can’t erase, you can’t undo, you can only keep going forward. I like that. I also took a walk out in the yard this morning and decided to capture a little clump of the snowdrops. I used the Leuchtturm1917 journal for this one too.

I’d like to spend more time working on the observation drawing, or urban sketching. It’s fun to be creative and imagine something, but it’s also a lot of fun to actually be part of your environment while your sketching.

That’s all for this post, thanks everyone…Erik