Friday, April 9, 2010

A Reindeer In Spring

There is always so much to do this time of year. Everyone and everything seems busy. The birds are nest building or egg sitting, insects are scurrying here and there as if there is no tommorow. Seeds need sowing, gardens need digging, weeds are growing, window sills need painting, rooms need decorating. In between it's Easter and school holidays. No wonder I am a night owl, there aren't enough hours in the day.
But sometimes you just have to sit in the sun.

Or photograph pretty things.

 Look up to the skies. And look out for the magic.

This week I've done all the above mentioned things. I planted seeds, dug and weeded, painted a room, scurried around like an insect, fussing over eggs (chocolate ones) and I made a  nest. (well I drew one :))

 A little peep into my ideas book, for forthcoming paintings.

  I also made this.

This reindeer has been waiting to be brought to life for ages. And even though it's Spring, a reindeer is for life, not just for Christmas. Don't you think?


  1. Beautiful, beautiful things!
    So very inspiring - thank you.

  2. beautiful words and beautiful pictures, you describe Spring wonderfully!

  3. Gorgeous pictures and thank you for sharing a glimpse into your workbook. How wonderful :)

    Love the reindeer too, and yes, not just for Christmas :)

  4. Oh i LOVE your nest images... both of them are simply wonderful !

  5. I love the woman in the nest...fabulous idea!

  6. Beautiful Karen...I adore the woman in the nest painting. I always love seeing another artist's working ideas, peeking into their workbooks is like looking into some enchanted book full of magic and wonder!

  7. Love, Love, LOVE the reindeer. And your photos were stunning.

  8. Beautiful images as always, Karen! Sounds like you have been busy over the holidays.
    It does the heart good to see all this life bursting forth around us, doesn't it?

    Have a lovely weekend!

  9. Oh I love to see your sketches - that fox in the nest is so gorgeous especially. Love the reindeer too

  10. I'm already in love with the painting of the girl in the nest and it hasn't ventured out from your sketchbook yet! It reminds me of a piece I made from paper mache as a student. I can't wait to see how it develops! xx

  11. I love so many things in this post, but "a reindeer is for life, not just for Christmas" just tickled me!! :)

  12. "Look up to the skies. And look out for the magic."

    Love that line from you, Karen!

    You seem to find magic everywhere you look, don't you?


  13. Isn't it amazing how we find inspiration in everything around us? Your pictures are always so delightful and of course, I'm sure even your ideas book is filled with inspirations! (^_^)

  14. I love that fox in a nest! Brilliant!

  15. I love them all, particularly love the nest images- so evocative.

  16. Oh yes, I do agree!
    Such lovely images, Karen.
    Both by you, and by Mother Nature!

  17. It's never too early for Christmas, I say! LOL The reindeer is beautiful. And I so enjoyed taking a peek into your sketchbook...I spied another beautiful fox! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Sorry it has been so long since I have visited with you. Theresa :)

  18. Eeeeeeeeeeep!
    That castle!

    and the ladybug!


  19. What an inspiring bog. Thankyou so much for sharing it with us. Judith

  20. Simply magical Karen!

  21. Thank you all for your lovely comments. I really appreciate them :) xx

    Ciara.. It certainly does. Everything is so awake and alive and all is fresh and new. :)

    Dean.. I find Magic because I'm always always looking for it. :)

    Amalia..It's about really looking isn't it. One of the most important things I believe I learned from going to Art college, was how to 'observe' all the time.

  22. i love the girl curled up in a nest...beautiful!


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