Arrival of Spring, version 2.0

A year ago, when we entered our first lockdown, I read an article about David Hockney documenting the arrival of Spring in Normandy, where he was in lockdown. He proclaimed at the time “They can’t cancel Spring” (now the title of his latest book featuring his work from that period). I took inspiration from that and started sketching almost daily, documenting the slow arrival of Spring here in Eastern Ontario. (You can see those sketches starting here.)

Here we are a year later, and another lockdown. I started my Arrival of Spring 2.0 sketchbook, but got side-tracked with the Sketch Across Canada nature sketching. Meanwhile Spring arrived with a bang. Early warm days signalled slumbering bulbs that it was time to wake up. Daffodils came into bloom at least 3 weeks earlier than last year. I know this because I looked at last year’s sketchbook! And the tulips are now blooming too.

Several weeks ago, tulips pushing through leaves left from last fall. As I was sketching the setting sun filled the sky with gold — I had to include a hint of it.
Daffodils pushing through mulch, part of the shade garden.
This year, these botanical tulips finally produced flowers.
A short and showy variety that, on sunny days, opens up like a waterlily.

One thought on “Arrival of Spring, version 2.0

  1. Just love these.

    And the narratives that go with them, spoken and unspoken.

    Love you much !

    Keep sketching. Food for my eyes and soul.

    On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 10:47 PM Everyday Sketches wrote:

    > Alison R. Hall posted: ” A year ago, when we entered our first lockdown, I > read an article about David Hockney documenting the arrival of Spring in > Normandy, where he was in lockdown. He proclaimed at the time “They can’t > cancel Spring” (now the title of his latest book featurin” >

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