Acrylic on box canvas 20x20cm
I hope this warm March day finds you well! Im pleased to be able to share the finished painting ‘Daffodils and Bunting’ with you! After being inspired by Surfer Rosa, I painted in some cotton reels as the thought of the blackbird coming to find a spare strand of thread to line his nest was very appealing. Of course, I then sat wondering what the cotton reels might be sitting there for, all very well to have a couple of reels on the window sill and why not – but I felt a bit more visual interest was necessary and the idea of bunting popped into my head, and it seemed to bring the picture together! Do you agree? Im going to start putting some of my originals into my Folksy shop ~ ‘Little Blue Bird‘ ~ so you will be able to find this, and other paintings and prints available to buy there too!
This morning I awoke at 6am – I lay under the warmth of the duvet for a few minutes but realised that the light coming from behind the curtains was tempting me to get up. Im not usually up this early, and generally Im the sort that will turn over and go back to sleep for another hour until the soft thudding of Little Girl’s footsteps on the landing awaken us. But this morning, I felt compelled to be up before anyone else. I tiptoed downstairs, put on a pot of coffee and opened the backdoor…and thats when I realised what had happened.
Spring had arrived.
The picture above, is another view of our lovely ‘tops’ looking out again over to Derbyshire. It was slightly hazy at 8:30 this morning as we drove over to Mum’s to dispatch the Little One for a day of adventuring. Im very fond of that view, it’s one of my favourites and sometimes feels as if the whole, beautiful world is spread out before me.
You can see that Spring has arrived, Im waxing lyrical and Im all over the place in a skippy happy sort of fashion today! Which leads me to more skippy happy stuff, of the crochet kind.
Ive made some hearts!
I was inspired a few weeks back by a post on Attic 24’s blog, where she had designed and made the sweetest little hearts you ever did see. Now, I was quite smitten with them and searched the internet high and low for a pattern. But you know what its like, once you see something you like, you want that one – and none of the other patterns I found really did it for me. So, last night I spent a couple of hours working out my own pattern – Im nothing if not determined folks – and eventually, with a whole lot of tweaking and unravelling, came up with these, which I think look a bit like what I was after!
The next painting will feature a cat, and I hope to be able to share it with you soon.
I can’t say Goodbye this week without saying ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has visited my blog to take part in the Sunny Spring Giveaway! Ive been delighted to find wonderful comments from old friends and new ones, and because of this Im discovering some wonderful new blogs, so thanks to all of you for stopping by! There is still chance to enter the giveaway, as it doesn’t close until the 21st March – so if you would like to enter and haven’t already, then please leave a comment on this post to guarantee a place in the draw, which takes place on Monday the 22nd.
I’m looking forward to catching up with your blogs, its been a busy old week here one way or another so apologies for not being able to get to as many blogs as I would like (and believe me, I like nothing more than a good hour of peaceful blog browsing, with cup of tea and something sweet and nice alongside!).
Have a warm, sunny weekend – I’ll be posting again sometime on Monday so “Good Luck” to you, if you’re in the draw!
Julia x x x