The daffodils in my yard are shooting up and on the verge of bursting open.
Spring is such an exciting time! It seems there is something new to see every day. Bright yellow daffodils will soon be the star of the show in our front yard leading the way for the forsythia and maple tree buds and leaves and the grass turning green.
Charlie is enjoying napping in the warm sunshine on the deck or in the grass instead of curling up in bed.
The birds are singing and the turkeys are gobbling.
What could be more enchanting and welcoming than the beginning of Spring?
Besides the turning of leaves in Autumn….
or the first snowfall in Winter….
or the first bare feet in the grass in Summer?
In honor of the daffodils, I painted this very loose and dreamy watercolor I call, “Essence of Daffodils.”
I so enjoyed painting this bright and happy poinsettia recently. (And it’s nice to think bright and happy thoughts with all the dark and sad news of the past few days.)
Using my dagger brush (which I need to use more often), it was fun to just let this painting evolve and happen on the paper. The dagger brush is “floppy” and loose, yet also allows for wonderful control changing wide strokes to points.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out! It actually makes me smile to look at.
I’m also thrilled that my new printer is able to produce gorgeous 11×14 prints that look so much like the original, so this option will be added to my paintings in our McKinneyX2Designs Etsy shop. I also added this design to the Society6 shop, so it can be made into pillows and mugs and other fun stuff.
Wishing you a bright and happy day!
Cheers & Hugs,
PS Only 55 days until Christmas 😉 and only 2 1/2 weeks until the big Mars Craft Show (Saturday, 11/17/18) AND Christmas in the Woods at Berry Vine Gifts (11/16-18/18)
It wraps itself around you
like vining tendrils
sprouting delicate buds
that unknowingly unfurl
into beautiful blossoms.
Cheers & Hugs,
I took this photo at a beautiful outdoor wedding reception I attended this past weekend. This vining white clematis seemed so symbolic of the blossoming love of a new marriage. It also made me think about the blossoming love I have for my newest granddaughter – only a few weeks old – but who is so tenderly wrapping herself around my heart.
There are some that believe the fuchsia flower symbolizes overflowing abundance. Looking at the abundantly-blooming baskets hanging on my front porch, I couldn’t help but be inspired to feel the overflowing abundance life has to offer. I hope you will think about it… if only for this moment…. and choose to live a life of overflowing abundance. Abundance because you choose to love and laugh and give and receive and work and play abundantly.
Tiny Interesting Japonica blooms, Mars, PA – April 2018
Tiny interesting choices.
Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers.
Open unmarked doors. And if you see a
group of people in a field, go find out
what they are doing. Do things without
always knowing how they’ll turn out.
You’re curious and smart and
bored, and all you see is the choice
between working hard and slacking off.
There are so many adventures that you
miss because you’re waiting to think of
a plan. To find them, look for tiny
interesting choices. And remember that
you are always making up the
future as you go,