This spring I went a little overboard planting pansies and violas in my garden.
I needed flowers. There wasn't anything blooming yet and there was still a chance of frost. I planted them in many of the holes of my cinderblock raised beds and in a few pots.
They are the perfect antidote to the winter grays. Cheerful, colorful. Carefree.
They've been blooming ever since.
They made good subjects for garden sketching, something I've been trying to do regularly.
And then when I started working on lino cutting I thought they'd be perfect subjects. I sat in the garden sketching with the idea of translating my sketches to carvings.
Which was fun.
I also knew I wanted to capture their sweet flowers in watercolor. The flowers lend themselves so well to that medium and I hadn't painted in a while. Two small (4"x6"), easily finished paintings were just the thing.
I hope you are finding inspiration in the little beauties that surround you.