March, March, March
Every year it happens. I arrive at March needing so much more than the month can give. After a long winter, I am desperate to explore and draw and BE outside. I am desperate for the fuel of discovery and growth that sparks my creativity. March never delivers. It is too cold and too wet. I am tired of brown. I am tired of gray. The only thing to do is to forgive myself this artistic low point and wait.
I went back through my journals from the last few years to compare Marches. The pages are thin and mostly the same– each year a record of small gains: pussy willows in bud, the woodcock’s return, a wooly-bear caterpillar in the driveway. And though spring is behind this year, I am glad to have these pages to remind me that incremental progress will take us out of this March too.
You March pages are so fun to look at – especially 2012 with the bluebird, monarch, milkweed pods and wooly bear. The warm gold edge ties it all together. I always enjoy your artwork! I’ve been looking back through my nature journal at past Marches, too, comparing what I see in the woods now to earlier years. Here in NW Montana, we’ve had a much warmer than normal last few months and spring seems to be about three weeks early this year.
It’s interesting to look back at past journals– and to have that record from year to year. Glad to hear your spring is early; ours is about two weeks late. Thanks for checking in…and happy sketching!
Thanks Teri! I’m working on more feathers today…just trying to keep going while it’s snowing again outside.
Wish I could send you some of our sunshine and 90′ weather, but then there would be no beautiful feathers!
I so truly love these springtime spreads! What a great way to mark the changes and remember what happened before.
Thanks Mel! I see you have daffodils– those paintings will come in April (though I never seem to paint them to my satisfaction). I do like recording and learning about what’s going on in the world around me…and I like having that record from year to year.
Really love these!