We’ve reached another month’s end and that means it’s the last day of our “Flora & Fauna” challenge! I hope everyone who sketched and painted along with me had a perfectly fabulous time. And I also hope that you’ll be joining me for our “Beautiful Stories” challenge in March! I’ve really enjoyed this month as I ended up sketching flowers six times which is, admittedly, a record for me as they aren’t a subject matter I’d previously sketched very often. As it turns out, like all of my little fears, when it comes to certain subject matters, they’re just another bit of stuff to sketch and actually quite fun. Yes, I do put my flowers in vases most of the time since I like to paint glass or invite a bird to join them for the same reason, but that’s just my way. I’ve found that pairing a subject I’m less comfortable sketching with something that I’m more comfortable with sketching makes things a bit easier. Also, I went with the more colorful gerbera daisies because I adore a bright and colorful palette. All happily and quickly sketched in my trusty sketchbook. One day, I’ll go back through all of these sketchbooks I’m filling, but right now, I just quietly add them to the little tower I’ve made in the corner.
It’s been so much fun to sketch bright and happy things this month because the weather has been extremely cold, gray, and sometimes a bit bleak. The groundhog had promised an early spring, but I’m quite sure now he was drunk when he made the prediction. Though the first day of spring here won’t occur until March 20th, the next 10 days are pure winter with lots more snow heading my way. The plows have created large mountains of snow at the corners of some streets. Though the current snow on the grass is a bit patchy, these mounds remain like newly formed mountains and a reminder that the cold isn’t ready to leave just yet. As I kid, I remember climbing these structures and thinking it was all really cool. Now, though I don’t actually attempt to climb on them, I still find them rather intriguing. It’s wild to think they’ll eventually disappear and be replaced with a view of spring flowers. In this weather, I often have dreams of living in a warmer climate, but then I’d have to give up my four very distinct seasons. It’s such a happy journey to take each year, and one that always sends me back to fond memories of my childhood.
I’m always excited for another month and brand new adventures. I’ve got some new things planned that I’m working on and those will reveal themselves soon enough. In truth, I still have zero clue how I’m going to accomplish what I have in my head, but that’s never stopped me before so I’m not going to let it stop me now. I’m rather like those persistent snow mountains that are dotted around the neighborhood at the present. I simply stay the course and hope for the best all of the time. My favorite part of this journey is that my motto of simply “DO” and that little manifesto I wrote back in 2015 has served me very well. I’ve faithfully managed to show up each and every day since the very beginning. I make my little doodles, wash them with color, and then ramble on a bit in these posts to get my writing fix in as well. I’ve passed all personal records on committing and doing something on a regular basis. Previously, I had only a photoblog that lasted just three years (by the way, if you haven’t found them yet, that entire blog has been repurposed here as Freshly Curious – free reference photos for artists and writers!). Though I’ve done a lot in over three and half years, I still feel like I’m just getting started as paint these last flowers of the month.
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