Snowdrops! There's still a good deal of snow in the backyard and I wandered down there this afternoon to give Cassie a little fresh air and playtime and there they were, pushing themselves right up out of the snow!
Seems like a miracle, since the big picture still looks very bleak and wintry. Sometimes you have to look very closely to find the bright spot!
Meanwhile, I received these bright beautiful blooms from one of my little fans at the library. We just finished up the winter session of children's programs so she gave me these as a little thank you. They just made my day! Now they're brightening up the whole kitchen.
After working out this morning, I stopped into Homegoods and picked up this cheerful tablecloth. I received a birthday giftcard a while back and finally found something I could use! It will be perfect for Easter coming up, and for the spring in general.
And it goes perfectly with the mantle decorations I put up a few weeks ago - all those pinks, yellows and greens.
I also saw this neat metal container and picked it up as well. I hope to fill it with some flowering plants and put it on the front step just to perk up the entryway a bit.
Meanwhile, back in the studio, I finished the robins. . .
. . . and I started on the next piece. I painted the background with various acrylic inks and paints. First I did a thin wash, then I added some grass-like texture, first with a brush, then using the edge of a bent piece of cardstock as a stamp.
I added some more in a darker shade of green, with less water in the paint so the grass has more definition. Now comes the real work... adding the applique focal point flowers.