All day it has been rainy and gloomy... which sounds bad, but I mean it in a good way! There are many wonderful things about a rainy and gloomy spring day, such as no pollen in the air; dogwood blossoms that positively glow; joyful frogs (in need of vernal pools created by spring rains to lay eggs); happy trees and garden; our part of the state moving a notch closer to being out of a drought. Also, the birds' songs seem louder on a dreary day... as do the frogs' rejoicing croaks.
For me the day was spent out of the rain - in the studio having fun in a work kind of way. A good friend (and talented artist) sent me a thick packet filled with scraps of various brands/weights/surfaces of paper for me to experiment with, each one neatly labeled with all pertinent information. A wonderful gift! The sketches above are little practice illustrations on two of the papers.