Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring! Is it here at last?

Happy spring! Here's to crocuses, bunnies, lambs and things! We've had a hard winter here with few chinooks - the warm winds that blow through here - and surprise flurries like no tomorrow. I suppose weather is relative, really, because it was not as cold as some parts. Apparently today we're going to get a spring blizzard though.

Here's our new bird feeder, taken a couple of weeks ago during one of those extra snowy days. The old one was plastic and battered from several years of being in the wind. Our part of town is really windy, sometimes we'll get gusts of up to 90km/h or more. For you non-metric folks, that about 55mph or more. It finally cracked enough to be useless. This cedar one is pretty solid and loaded with two packs of suet. I haven't seen any birds at it yet...but then there haven't been many birds around. This happens every year - they seem to hunker down somewhere for winter, but when spring and summer comes, they empty the feeder daily!

In the past the feeder has attracted house finches, sparrows, pigeons, mice, wild rabbits and an orange tabby cat! Last month I saw magpies for the first time in our neighbourhood and I'm pretty sure I did hear a chickadee near the bus stop. All it takes is one bird to tell his birdie friends and we're in business!

Our new bird feeder

Friday, March 20, 2009

Recent ATC Swap

I haven't done a swap in ages, so I was thrilled to do one this past week with my friend Sighthoundlady. I drew her character, Inga:

Inga the Prehistoric Horse ATC

And this should look familiar to my friends, it's a purple My Little Pony!

MLP ACEO Art card
by =sighthoundlady

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Horse ACEOs

It's been ages since I did an Illustration Friday entry. Last week's word is "breezy" which makes me think of horses and blue! It's also another chance for me to do some papercutting. I want to do this horse in other colours, especially since I have some new X-acto blades. Nothing is worse than cutting with dull blades!

March 5, 2009 ::: Watercolour and paper ::: 2.5x3.5"

Here's one in brown and orange as well.