Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Walk in Spring

How lovely the springtime with its delicate bloom and bright green leaf! The tentative sunshine shines through wind and rain, to warm the rich brown earth.

I have to admit, this year, more than any other, I have longed for Spring. This drawing reflects that yearning.

I used Derwent colored pencils to create a soft springlike feel. These pencils are used differently than my beloved Prismacolor pencils. Rather than pressing the pencil tip deeply onto the paper or blending with a blendr pencil, one must softly layer various colors over the same areas, to create form, shadow and deeper coloring.  Because of the technique required when using Derwent pencils, this piece has a different look than most of my other work.

The drawing has a soft sense about it which I equate with springtime. I can imagine walking along that pathway toward the bridge. I can hear the bubbling brook, feel the warmth of springtime sunshine on my shoulders. Overhead the warm wind sweeps through the fragrant blossom of the fruit trees. Ah, sweet Springtime!

And so, at the risk of seeming a bit silly--but with great hope that Spring will continue to bloom--I must repeat something I heard a long, LONG time ago:

Spring has sprung,
The grass has rizz,
And all this rain,
Makes my hair frizz.


Clytie said...

I have always loved the feeling of the gentleness of Spring in this picture, sissie. How soft, how gentle, how colorful the season!

Lois said...

What a cute poem! The picture is beautiful. I love the colors. I like spring too, but the pollen this year seems to be making me a lot more miserable than it usually does.

miruspeg said...

Beth, what a stunning, warm and vivid drawing. We are heading for winter in Australia but at the moment the days are still warm and I am savouring them! :)

~Cheryl said...

Love the colors! They match those tulips I received yesterday --thanks for visiting my new blog so faithfully! Hair with frizz is why I cut mine short; yes, it 'tiz!