Y2 Art Resolutions: #6 May and the Dogwoods

imageThe Near North. That’s what some people call the border region of Ohio and Kentucky. Coming from Wisconsin which unquestionably qualifies as North, this is definitely the South for my money. The spring says this loudest by way of lush and exotic flora. Sumptuous fushia rhododendrons. Regal magenta azaleas. Electric violet red buds. Fields of golden daffodils and yards of Holland tulips. Long languishing claret tinged periwinkle wisteria. Though not as blatant but no shrinking violets are the mad profusions of ivory and shell pink dogwoods. On my first long outdoor walk last weekend, they  took my breath away. This part of the country, this time of year. All technicolor and magic.

New pencils. 

Somewhere tucked safely away from my consciousness sits my lovely drawing kit. Several years ago, Bea gave me a box of drawing pencils and reintroduced me to the joy of sketching. As is her habit, she presented not just the pencils but a pencil ensemble including a pretty zippered case and a red jacketed Moleskin sketchbook. As I write, I suspect that they were whisked into a studio drawer during a last minute clean up for guests last weekend. Alas, these insights were not with me yesterday–only a desire to sketch. And, so, needing no more of an excuse, I went to the Plaza Art Supply and returned with 3 small watercolor sketchbooks, a set of drawing pens, AND a fresh new set of drawing pencils. In the total scheme of things, a small cost for bliss.


The last 20 minutes before bedtime were spent experimenting with the rich dark soft leads and delicate hard leads on the texture of cheap watercolor. The subject? Those lovely dogwoods. I imported my speedy sketch into my digital painting program and played another half hour. How lovely that it is May 1 and my inspirations are live, real things.

May your eyes light on similar beauty this May 1.





About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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3 Responses to Y2 Art Resolutions: #6 May and the Dogwoods

  1. Toni says:

    Beautiful pictures and sketches.

  2. Chas Spain says:

    Gorgeous- absolutely love dogwood blooms and your soft drawing is just right in capturing them

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