I'm caring for a long haired dachshund who is 15 going on 16 with lots of grey hair and very little energy. She loves being outside and wants to be next to me, but can't tolerate winds above 8mph, too much sun, cloudy days with no sun at all, temps above 60 degrees without shade or below 55 degrees without sun.
But with spring comes the hope that this year will be the year that I go out and plein air paint. So I try out the gear and equipment on my deck while the dog sits under the chair hoping that the sun doesn't move any further up on her body because then she will have to move.
Sometimes, you don't have to go far to do some nature journaling. I only had to walk a few feet from outside the door to my apartment building for this journal page. It's a very good example of a typical page I will make when I have about 30 minutes or so.
Yesterday, I visited a local park near where I live. The spring emergents were peaking, but you can easily miss them as they are often 3 to 5 inches tall. This is an instagram complication of the pictures I took of the real life flowers and the page from my nature journaling sketchbook.
"But, people will think you are weird if you are assembling a bunch of branches in a circle and then walking away", she said.
My response? "If so, then I am weird and it's better they know up front than later." The friendship lasted about as long as this conversation.
Today, I’m celebrating completing Leslie Saeta's February 30 in 30 painting challenge! The image is a collage of paintings I finished. I didn’t include the four blue lotus flowers I painted. I also left out one other lotus flower painting so everything fit into a square.