Friday, 21 August 2015

The Peek A Boo Spring...


Spring is kind of part time springing. It is playing that slightly mean seasonal peek a boo with us at the moment and it is a bit of a crapshoot as to what you will wake up to each day. Some days are glorious, as long as you stay out of the wind which is still carrying whiffs of arctic tundra temperatures, but some days are just plain grey and awful. Or you get the annoying days like today that are bits of both, but even they aren't too bad because there are all sorts of signs that spring is almost with us. I love spring an inordinate amount so I am hunting for those signs like a crazy weather savant, and this week I have had the pleasure of seeing a veritable tsunami of spring indicators...


Every time I go to the store there are more and more magical blooms on show and available. It is like an exercise in medieval flower torture and I spent stupid amounts of time standing in front of those buckets of blooms trying to decide who is coming home with me. It creates such angst it is like the Sophie's choice of flower decisions for me. I think you should all prepare for quite a few flower paintings in the coming weeks as more often than not they are both coming home so our house is not just filled with a million blooms wanting to be painted, it has also morphed into hayfever heaven being so filled with all sorts of beautiful flowers.

Of course hayfever heaven is sadly not what it used to be and I no longer get to be woken by Mushu the wonder mutt sneezing all over me, and while some of you may question me missing being showered by dog snot, it isn't the actual snot I miss but that glorious little hairbag snot delivery system who for 11 years was my early warning spring detector


I now rely on our neighbour who has the most extraordinary, epic, insanely loud sneezes in the history of sneezes. These things make our light fittings rattle so I can only guess at how impressive they are inside the actual house next door. I am kind of thinking of inviting myself over so I can experience their awesomeness first hand... though quite how you invite yourself to your neighbours at the crack of dawn I have no clue.

One of the more annoying spring indicators is the randy birdlife. Seriously! I spend half of my day in the studio being serenaded by a veritable orgy of very very horny birds. What it is about our back yard that is so conducive to birdy sex I have no clue, but they are all mating like crazy and it drives you a bit nuts at times.


But epic sneezes, randy birds and being besieged by flower choice anxiety all mean that spring is on its way so I am loving Spring... even if it is still playing peek a boo with us...
Happy painting all ...xx

22 comments:

Jennifer McLean said...

Ahh my dear, you do make me and c-granny laugh. Hello to all and maybe you should put up little birdie shower curtains up in the trees so they'll have a bit of privacy. I can guess the chirping is incessant. ;o)

Lynn Cohen said...

Fall and spring are my favorite seasons. First the colorful leaves that fall from trees and crunch under feet, then buds poking heads on those same trees and up from the ground. I'm enjoying both your flower photos and the beautiful art you are inspired to draw and paint from them! Happy creative week!

Wanda said...

Love your sketch, and the finished painting is so real.

Mascha said...

Beautiful flowers well drawned. Have a great springtime with all the crazy amourolsley birds...
With us the summer ends now, but I like the autumn colors most of all.

Möwe von der Insel said...

Looks like spring is going to be
beautiful down under :)
Love your painting of the lovely
spring flowers! I love spring too,
but more the autumn with it's
wonderful colours. And that is
about to come up here :)

Wish you a happy sneezing time
and a beautiful weekend!

Möwe

PS: Collect some pollen and rub
it onto your hands, then you can go
visit your neighbour in the evening
and see how he does "it" :D

Neesie said...

NO!!! Please don't say it's spring Trace because if that's the case our summer gave us the slip this year and we'll be heading into Autumn!
Although I love autumn, I'd rather have a little summer first...PLEEEEESE!
I counted 5 bouquets dotted around my house but thankfully most of the blooms come from my garden. I didn't even give the allergy sufferers a thought (selfish eh?) until both my hubby and son started to suffer. So now I pick out the little thingies that make them sneeze. A very delicate surgerical procedure.
Beautiful sketch and as usual the accompanying chuckles reading your thoughts.
I miss Mushu too... it's amazing how these little fluff balls take hold of our hearts and don't let go.
Muffy sends you big doggy breath licks if that's any consolation. I'm glad to say she doesn't have hayfever, but I'm sure she could conjure up a little something for you ^..^
Enjoy your weekend and I hope to get that email off to you soon
xoxo

Nic McLean said...

Quite aside from the delightful paintings of gorgeous flowers, what wonderful images you conjure up with noisy neighbourhood sneezes and birds getting jiggy all over your garden!
I can totally understand how you would notice wee Mushu's absence profoundly at times when his snotty little hay fever presence would have been a big part of the season.
I always feel a little sad at this time of year when my Australian friends start mentioning the beginnings of spring as I know without doubt that means our summer, for what it was worth, is almost over. We literally had one day in the whole of June, July and August where it was hot enough to sunbathe in the garden and then only until the cloud of midge decided to join in and have a feast on my flesh! Hey ho, I can already see the nights drawing in and the mornings staying dark that bit longer - this lottery win better hurry up as I think I might need to buy a home in Australia so I can spend Scottish Winters in Australian summertime!

Miss Marple said...

What a beautiful sketch! Happy PPF - Irma

Christine said...

Your piece is a beautiful welcome to spring, mostly a good time of year!

Indira said...

Did a double take at the mention of spring. Of course, in Brisbane it is spring! Here in the US we are getting ready for autumn with the weather already turning a little nippy. Yet, your beautiful spring-like painting of flowers postponed the inevitable cold weather that is to come.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Love this simple watercolor. Summer is firmly entrenched hear at the moment although I do see a bit of red leaf here and the indicating Fall is waiting in the wings. xox

Jo Murray said...

'Achoo !'s surround me
announcing the birth of Spring.
Goodbye to Winter.

I felt a haiku coming on.....achoo!!!!

Jo said...

I love your opening line............ "spring is part time springing."
I always look forward to your beautiful work.

Stacey Vadaj said...

i have to tell you that you crack me up and it's wonderful to laugh so early in the morning. i live in the US and so we are winding down. the kids have started back to school (although i did not miss having to wait for the buses to load at four different stops on my way to work) and the air is cooling down a bit. We still have a couple months of the temperatures that i enjoy and the leaves here are always beautiful in the fall. Here's to a colorful spring for you and fall for me.

cjsrq said...

I can always count on you for a chuckle and some beautiful art. Enjoy your spring, we are still in the midst of summer and will stay warm for quite a while here in Florida.

GlorV1 said...

Over here we are getting ready to go into a new season as well but not spring. Getting out of summer finally. Great work. You always make me smile and I need that now. Thank you.

Carol said...

Love the art and the story telling! I can always count on you bringing a smile and a good life. Just how is it that one person can be so talented? ♥♥♥♥♥

thidu said...

Spring, Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons. I do not like Summer and I think I never will. Some people do, because they (i think) don't have the horrifying 140 degrees sometimes I used to experience when I lived in Mexico with my family. Now here it's a bit hot, but it will never compare with some parts of Baja California. Love your post and your beautiful flower painting.

Have a great day!
Nora

Linda Kunsman said...

Ok , despite all the allergy crap there is nothing like coming into Spring and having greenery and flowers and warmer weather after a winter! Love your flowers and illustration! How I wish I could sketch with a loose hand...

Nordljus said...

These flowers are just gorgeous! Both the real ones, and your painted ones. And I love that vase! The blossoms and flowers are definitely something I look forward to in spring. The only down side of spring, for me, is that it is followed by summer, which this year, seems to be exceptionally hot and never ending. I would definitely appreciate some of those arctic tundra temperatures. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your flowers!

Abigail Davidson said...

Beautiful coloring!

Sandra Busby said...

The weather has gone mad! Autumn began to show its self in mid July here and we only really had a few hot days all summer! It has been raining heavily for days and days now and summer has definitely ended even though it never really arrived! There are floods all over the place... its bazaar! There are no shagging birds in our garden... it wouldn't surprise me if they've resorted to early migration! But the slugs seem to be having a ball and they are everywhere! Luckily I like Autumn. There is something about having to put the lights on in the day and walking the dog in the warm rain that is quite romantic! Your painting is gorgeous! I'm only surprised you didn't draw some birdie shenanigans!! ;0)
And isn't it the most surprising things that we miss about our dogs when they are gone... In my case everything that drove me mad about Codi, I seem to miss the most! xx