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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Signs of Spring

From a photo of this little park downtown on the first gorgeous spring Saturday this month.
(and yes, the iron work on the gateway really does look like that)

Of course, there is only one TRUE and consistent sign of spring. Spring flowers and bulbs can be tricked to bloom at odd times, birds and bees can even be tricked into thinking springlike thoughts. The one sure sign of spring is, of course ... Girl Scout Cookies! You can force a crocus to bloom any time of year, but no matter what you do to a Brownie, you can't force her to sell you some Thin Mints in October.

If you see a girl scout selling cookies, stop and pick up a box, or at least say hi. They're working awfully hard out there. Posted by Picasa

24 comments:

Laura said...

Linda!!! This is so incredible!! The strong inked line with your high keyed colors is fantastic!! This one and the sketchcrawl one are real breakthroughs, in my opinion. Wonderful to see!

Lin said...

Linda -- Your blog is such a delight! I LOVE your pages -- and your sketches are AWESOME!

Shelly McC said...

Beautiful Drawing. Great colour.

Karen said...

This is wonderful. Certainly looks like spring has sprung. Makes me homesick for the change of seasons.

Karen at Pen in Hand said...

Ooh, I love the looseness of this sketch. It doesn't have that "drawn-from-a-photo" look at all. I feel like I was there.

Lindsay said...

Linda, I really love this drawing and the page layout your chose.

Karen said...

lovely sketch. You description of the old park makes it seem like The Secret Garden

Carol Bonomo said...

I think I am starting to make comments every day. Every day, it seems a fresh, LOVELY page shows up! This is wonderful. It makes me homesick for "real" spring (not the kind in southern California).

Katherine said...

What a lovely spring picture Linda! Such a treat on a grey day here. Your drawing of the magnolia is also very nice - I hope we see you do some more of these........

janey said...

Is that a slinky? I had one of those ;D

The colors are so bright and getting brighter.

Sioux said...

Beautiful!

shirley said...

Linda, For reasons that I don't understand, Blogger is now letting me leave a comment here. I just posted a question to the group re: how I could do it without a Blogger account.

As always, I love your challenge drawing/painting. It is the combination of scene with a separate close-up and painted vs non-painted sections that makes it so wonderful to me. Once I have my paintbrush in hand, I can't stop adding color, and then I start to hear the admonition, "don't overwork the painting."

mw said...

First and formost...let's hear it for thin mints :)

That is a wonderful drawing. The linework is so fun it makes me excited for bare feet and lemonade.

Fluff said...

Beautiful!
The fluid lines.. the way the colours are so loose and free.
if only i could draw with such intuition that it'll look good. Such confidence of style and freedom with real abandonment but assertive.

Cin said...

lovely lovely sketchbook entry, beautiful spring colors! and such a funny little archway :)

quotidian said...

Howdy!

Girl scouts are the best - I hope my daughter chooses to be one! :)

Gorgeous picture - seriously, you just get better and better and better! The archway reminds me of slinkies - I miss playing with those! :)

zephyr said...

wonderful
love the funky gate
but love your work more!!

Diahn said...

HEY!! I've been there...wait - i was there that day!! AWESOME, Linda - how did you capture MY memory?? :-) This is great - I love the archway - it's exactly right - strange and a little screwy, but that's what it really looks like!

Hmmm...didn't you tell me there was a "Secret Garden" connection to Knoxville?

buzz said...

So confident. Very nice job.

Teri C said...

Just beautiful Linda! It even smells like spring. You have captured the scene so well. Everything you do is great!

Terri said...

I don't know which has more wow factor...the exuberant spray of pink blossom or that amazing gate!! :o) Great drawing as always Linda!

Kathleen Marie said...

I am so glad that I CAN'T get thin mints all year long...they are my weakness, obsession! EEEK. They are too good.

I love checking in on your work. It is magnificent as always!

Zee said...

Linda, that is beautiful!! The lines are so strong and sure. And your color isn't shy, either.

I really love this piece. I hope to grow to that confidence you emit with watercolors.

Christine Lim Simpson said...

you have lots of awesome sketches here. have enjoyed looking at them. love the style.