Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sketchbook Tuesday - Spring still comes

My lilac bush will bloom this year. It doesn't always. Some springs we get a freeze or an ice storm after the blossoms have begun to form and then there are no blooms that year. But we have had enough of ice storms (in addition to all that snow) this past winter to last us a good while. Everywhere the trees are budding in spite of their damaged limbs. It is difficult to find a tree anywhere around here that doesn't show some sign of damage from our ice storms this past winter. Half broken limbs hang precariously suspended in the remaining branches of damaged trees. All along every roadway are piles of broken limbs waiting for crews to come gather them up with their mulching machine. Trees that are bent way over, trees that are nearly split in two, are still putting out buds right on time this spring. Entire hillsides of trees that look like they were attacked by some kind of giant weed whacker are showing a softening to their limbs with their tiny leaves just beginning to appear. It is a very welcome spring here in our mountains. It is an especially good spring when my lilac blooms.

13 comments:

Ralph said...

Lovely sketch and you are so lucky to have a lilac tree there is nothing nicer to sit under in the evening the scent is beautiful

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh Ann...lilacs are my favorite of all the flowers; their scent simply divine. As you always do, you handle your colors just so delicately, so beautifully. They touch a chord within that I simply cannot quite put into words. This little sketch is no different. Stunning work.

Ellen Read said...

Purple and green is my favorite color combination. I am a big fan of violets as well but the lilac has every flower (in my book) beat for the sweet scent! Enjoy! Thanks for the beautiful picture!!!

Alex said...

Love it! The colors are soft, the lines and strokes are loose and very relaxed... definitely spring! ^^ It's always really nice to see the usual color scheme of yours, you could simply spot it from far and go "Ahhh..that's Ann's colors!"

Kim said...

Lilac is my favorite scent...well, right after warm chocolate...and I can get that fragrance in my head right now just by seeing your drawing. Inhale...exhale....lovely. Thank you for calming down my morning. Love the sketch!

Ramona Davidson said...

Lovely sketch. Very dramatic. Love the colors and composition. So glad you are going to be able to enjoy your blooms this year. The prettiest art is what we see in God's creation. Thanks for sharing it.

donna said...

You have done such a good job on a tough subject. Great journal pages.

Diahn said...

Oh, how I love lilacs - I love when I'm walking along somewhere and catch a whiff of one...just delightful! Wonderful sketch!

. said...

Thats such a sweet spring picture (I like the light touch of paint), I love lilac and I cant wait for my tree to bloom (looks like it will be a good year for it, fingers crossed).

Drawn2Life said...

I was just up visiting my family last weekend and couldn't believe how many downed limbs and trees! And my mom said, "This is nothin' compared to what it looked like right after the storm!" Yikes! This is a lovely drawing Ann! Beautiful watercolor!

nanke's stuff said...

It's just lovely and so spring! The colors, the delicacy, and the composition. And Alex is right - you can certainly tell who did it just by looking! nancy

raena said...

Your love of nature really shows throughout your work. This is, of course, another wonderful journal page.

Barbara Weeks said...

I can smell spring in the air! Nice one!

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