Summoning Spring. Watercolor and gouache on paper. 14x18. Brandi Malarkey,

Summoning Spring

Today was the first day that it really started to feel like spring, although it still doesn’t smell like spring. Since it is supposed to get a little warmer this weekend, and all my friends in surrounding states are buried under recent snow, I won’t complain. However, the past month or so has been rather difficult for everyone.

Periodically I completely forget how to paint. Usually it is in February. This year I managed to plod through February at quarter speed, but still painting. Apparently this year I forgot how to paint in the last few weeks while being despondent over the lack of spring. I don’t get too depressed to paint, I just paint very badly and end up throwing away a great deal of paper.

This is the only painting I managed to complete that wasn’t utter rubbish. While I admit that it is not the most fabulous painting in the world (and the first attempt ended up in the garbage), I will maintain that the scanner also flattened it quite a bit and it looks a great deal better in person.

Summoning Spring. Gouache on paper. 14x18. Brandi Malarkey,

Watercolor and gouache on paper
8 x 8

Fortunately, I did make progress of a kind, as I have been prepping photography. I have a display rack for my cards, and have been experimenting with getting nice prints of some of my photos. Lookie, lookie!


I was hoping to summon spring by immersing myself in bugs and flowers. I don’t know if it worked, but it is still happy to look at.

I may not be a photographer yet, but they look pretty snazzy, so once I grow up and become a real photographer, I might look utterly fabulous. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My new photo lens is still being standoffish, but I have hopes for when we finally come to an understanding. I am getting closer. Don’t you think it will be fun once I finally get it somewhat figured out?


  • Aunt Bev says:

    I think Summoning Spring is ‘bee’utiful just the way it is! When someone, like me, who has difficulty even painting corral fences, looks at your painting it is a true work of art in my eyes. Cards, card rack and Girl are pretty special too!!

  • Jeri Cooper says:

    You don’t give yourself enough credit, you are amazing and do amazing work. I love everything you do!

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