Friday, April 19, 2013

Springtime Arriveth! Funtry Friday


It's finally officially Spring - not just on the calendar, but in my world. Yay!  The skies seem bluer to me because the days are warmer. Whatever - lol - that's the way my mind works.
 
My grandmother used to call these clouds "mare's tails".
One sure sign of Spring is that the horses loose their winter coats.  Hershey looks even more like a patchwork quilt this week.
 

Have to cut him a little slack, though - his winter coat is very long and very thick.
 

And also very light. It's hard to tell where Billie Jane's winter coat leaves off and where her summer coat is showing through because they are so similar in color.


If you look closely, you can see that she is darker on her neck and shoulder and lighter on her side. The darker color is her summer coat - which is a LOT shorter than Hershey's winter hair.

There are other signs of the beautiful seasonal changes that Spring brings. No more dried up sticks where the iris were. Now they are blooming! Time to get to the studio and get some more flower paintings done.

 

Lots of the birds are back, too. Busy little birds... building nests everywhere...


 
Yep, there are baby birds in this nest.  The swallows have returned also, but I haven't seen any roosting in last year's nest yet.
 
I love Spring! When the weather is warmer, I like to sit on my porch and do a little plein aire painting. Looking forward to doing some more of these this year.
 
 
There are lots of little signs and big signs of the changing seasons and the new life that Spring always brings.  Right up to and including the crazy birds who are trying to build a nest on the porch ceiling fan blades... Guess who has to leave her fan on during the days even though it isn't needed right now.
 
Spring is a joy filled time - so how about a little Ode to Joy a la Flash Mob? This is the Flash Mob I was talking about in my last blog post. Enjoy!
 

 
 
Happy Spring!
Blessings,
Kathy

PS The Blogging Business Artisans are celebrating Spring this month, too!
 
April--Splendid Little Stars--In Springtime, the Earth renews itself. Life bursts forth from that which seemed dead. Create a project (using any media you desire) that honors a spirit of renewal.

34 comments:

  1. You have irises blooming!
    Interesting to see your horses loosing their Winter coats.
    You captured the joy of Spring so well in your painting!

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    1. Thanks! I love iris - they are my favorites. I have several varieties including some older ones from my dad. It always surprises me how long it takes for the horses to shed.

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    2. I have a few varieties or iris, too. One is a beautiful yellow that I found on the curbside one trash day.

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    3. What fun! They are so pretty.

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  2. Gorgeous photos! We just have two kitties losing their winter coat around here...though with Sophie's long white hair, it looks more like she's molting feathers. :)

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    1. Thanks =) Yep, love the molting kitty look. I have one dog who molts unless I cut her hair all short...

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  3. Springtime has always been a happy time for me. Now I get to enjoy yours too! (minus the horse hair)I've already run the lawn mower once down here and that's the clincher for me. That first whiff of freshly mowed grass feeds my soul for some reason.

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    1. I love Spring - really rejuvenates me after the long cold winter. haha - I get the grass smell when they mow the sod farm next door. ;-)

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  4. I love your Iris photo! And your new painting is perfect for this time of year :)

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    1. Thank you! I hope to get some flower paintings done soon. The iris are as much fun to paint as the clouds.

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  5. Oh, that every mob we witnessed in this world were as "joyful" as this...

    Your life there in the country looks so peaceful :) No wonder you are inspired to such lovely paintings, and irises are one of my fave blooms!

    Enjoy your fave time of year- mine too, and ours is supposedly arriving next week!

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    1. So true, Daffy - a little foretaste of the Great Chorus we will sing in one day!
      Sometimes very peaceful - lol - sometimes a little more exciting. Fortunately, I can usually find moments of peace even in the rather chaotic times.

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  6. Horses shed so much! I don't have any right now, but my family does. I remember growing up thinking that the horses looked like they had some sort of terrible mange or something in the spring - we had one old guy that would get the word's shaggiest winter coat and looked so funny when it came out.

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    1. haha - what fun! I had a Navajo Indian horse who was probably a Hule - she looked more like a horse but did bray every once in a while. She grew the longest shaggy coat, too, and I could grab handfuls and just pull it out.

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  7. Love your pretty painting. Grateful for signs of Spring.

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  8. Sabadell is a beautiful place and the people are very gracious and friendly. Spring has indeed arrived! My garden is going nutso - tomatoes, peppers, herbs galore and soon some green beans, scarlet runners, zucchini and melons! I can't wait until they all ripen! My iris did not bloom this year - they were sent to me from Oregon, so maybe they need to acclimate? Did you know that Shepard's Iris Garden is gone? Bummer. Take care - I can't wait to see your Iris art!

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    1. Yay! It's still freezing at night here - but not nearly as bad. Maybe - I have heard that iris need to be planted and then go through a good cold spell before they will bloom.
      Oh no! That is totally a bummer. So sad!
      Thanks!

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  9. Love the clouds! So fun to watch your horses lose a winter coat :) Your little plein air is great and so is the flash mob - Thanks for sharing :D

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    1. Thanks! LOL - Today I'm all covered in horse hair. Wouldn't it be fun to just happen on a flash mob like that?!

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  10. I didn't realize horses shed! What a great post of renewal! Your painting is lovely! Where's the other furry critters though?

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    1. Thank you! Yep - just about every critter here sheds - except those who molt... haha - guess I had better give some equal time to those not featured or there will be a critter revolt!

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  11. How exciting to see so many signs of spring! The horses are beautiful, and I love seeing the blue skies.

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    1. Oh yes! I am so glad that it is warmer and things are turning green. Thank you! I really enjoy them - lol - both the horses and the blue skies.

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  12. returning because I want you to know how much I enjoyed that video. I shared it with my husband and shared it on facebook.
    I have a few varieties of iris also. One, I found at a curbside trashcan, has yellow flowers.

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    1. Awww - thank you! I love that video, too, and I have shared it several places.
      I love the varieties of iris - they are amazing. I have two different purple ones that came from rhizomes that my dad planted in the 1950s. What a happy find for you!

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  13. what a gorgeous painting! I love the colors and technique!

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    1. Thank you! I really like painting watercolors with a lot of wet in wet color. The element of surprise is lots of fun.

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  14. Yes! Love springtime too. The trees have finally sprouted leaves here, although the temperature has dropped considerably. I love the photos of your horses. Such beauties!
    And your painting is very beautiful...love the soft colours :)

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    1. Thank you, Duni! It is still cold at night, though the temperatures aren't constantly dipping below freezing. Some of the trees have little buds - yay! - and my willow tree actually has leaves. Ahhhh! Springtime!

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  15. Beautiful spring weather... bet your critters are enjoying it just as much as you! Can't wait to see baby bird pictures.

    I have seen that flash mob before, one of my favorites. I love flash mobs. I also love how this one mixes all the children enjoying the music. It really is special! Thanks for sharing!

    I have a few flash mobs pinned in a board on Pinterest if your interested...
    http://pinterest.com/alwaysartistic/vids-flash-mobs/

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    1. I think we all are enjoying the gorgeous weather! The birds are still nest building =)
      I had never seen it before - you are right, the children are beautiful. Thanks for the link - I will check it out!

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  16. It would be hard not to feel "at one" with spring, with all of the signs around you. Love the flash mob, by the way. I missed it in your last blog post. The way that the kids reacted, who likely have never heard "Ode to Joy" before, was really the best part of this for me.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it is hard to be inside this time of year! This is one of the best flash mobs I have ever seen. I loved those reactions, too.

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