Make Way for Wednesday

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In MARCH make way for Spring with Sunporch Studios

In MARCH make way for Spring with Sunporch Studios

Make Way for Spring

This week in the studio I’ve been splashing color on blank mini canvases, watercolor paper, and art journal pages. Piles of colorful backgrounds made with inks, paints, and colored pencils are spilled across the table.

  • How can I add layers to create story art from these beginnings?

  • How can I make something that will make me smile and think spring as I wait for warm breezes, fresh cut grass, garden blooms, and the farmer’s market?

  • What are my favorite memories and moments of spring?

Don’t laugh. The first image that popped into my mind was ducklings. I blame Robert McCloskey. When I was a kid, his story and illustrations inspired me to try drawing a family of mallards. I gave up when my attempts didn’t even come close to what I saw in his art.

I get a lot of letters. Not only from children but from adults, too. Almost every week, every month, clippings come in from some part of the world where ducks are crossing the street.
— Robert McCloskey

Today I DARE to TRY again.

Where to start? On YouTube, of course.

I found the perfect teacher, Emma Lefebvre. Her watercolor tutorials are helping me practice painting flowers. Now it’s time to wade into deeper waters.

I think I can, I think I can…make way for ducklings…and goslings…

Sunporch Studios. Create. in Courage.. in Spring.

Sunporch Studios. Create. in Courage.. in Spring.

If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck’s back.
— Ellen Swallow Richards
Sunporch Studios. Create. in Joy. in Spring.

Sunporch Studios. Create. in Joy. in Spring.

As far back as I remember, pictures were always an important part of my life…for every picture there would be a story, even before I could write.
— Marjorie Flack
Sunporch Studios. Create. in Kindness. in Spring.

Sunporch Studios. Create. in Kindness. in Spring.

Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places.
— Frances Hodgson Burnett
Not a duckling, but this little one’s got another story for another day..

Not a duckling, but this little one’s got another story for another day..

There are no makeovers in my books. The ugly duckling does not become a beautiful swan. She becomes a confident duck able to take charge of her own life and problems.
— Maeve Binchy
Robert McCloskey brought ducklings into his apartment to observe and draw.  That’s not going to work for me or the cat. Photos will have to do.

Robert McCloskey brought ducklings into his apartment to observe and draw.

That’s not going to work for me or the cat. Photos will have to do.

It’s been a WONDER-filled day learning about ducklings, goslings, cygnets and the artists who tell their stories with words and pictures. Now it’s back to the drawing boards, mini canvas, and art journal for me. I hope the paddling of ducklings inspires you to create today.

On my craft table:

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Today I included children’s books, art supplies, hints to upcoming projects, and adult fiction I want to read after finding Maeve’s ugly duckling quote. Enjoy!


Start with a blank canvas…

Find your spring inspiration and your color palette play begins…

Sunporch Studios. Create. in Courage. in Joy. in Color.

Sunporch Studios. Create. in Courage. in Joy. in Color.

These Gina K. Design ink cubes are perfect for today’s palette.